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UPDATE:  Farewell Mass will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 2pm. The Mass will be celebrated at Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30319. The Mass will at the Centennial Center in the Young Gymnasium. Although this location is spacious, we anticipate a large turnout. For this reason, please plan to arrive early. There will be an overflow area where the Mass will be viewable on large-screen televisions.

On April 4, 2019, Pope Francis named Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as the seventh Archbishop of Washington.  Archbishop Gregory will succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who served as Washington’s archbishop from June 2006 to October 2018.

“I have known Archbishop Gregory for many years and worked with him in a range of pastoral initiatives and programs. He generously shares his talents and his love for the Church,” said Cardinal Wuerl, who has served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Washington since last October. “As the Church of Washington opens a new chapter and looks to the future, we can all, with great confidence and enthusiasm, welcome our new shepherd.”

The installation of Archbishop Gregory as Archbishop of Washington will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019.

From Archbishop Gregory:

My dear friends in Christ of the Archdiocese of Atlanta,

In the fourteen years I have served as your Archbishop, it has been my privilege to correspond with you on many occasions – most of it imbued with the joy of serving Jesus Christ as part of this remarkable local Church; some, of course, less so. None up to now, however, has been more bittersweet and challenging for me to write and share with you.

This morning Pope Francis appointed me the seventh Archbishop of Washington. While I am humbled and honored by the confidence the Holy Father has placed in me, I regret that it brings to an end this truly blessed moment in my life as your Archbishop. I have asked you for many things during my time in Atlanta, and you have always responded with a boundless generosity of heart and spirit. My final request is for your prayers as I begin anew in Washington, DC, even as I assure you of my prayers for you in return.

Know that I will carry you always in the closeness of my heart. May God bless you and all who are dear to you, and may God bless the Archdiocese of Atlanta!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

╬Wilton D. Gregory

The Georgia Bulletin would like to honor his ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta with a special coverage issue.

They are asking clergy, men and women religious, parish and school staff, and all Atlanta Catholics to share special memories and photos with us to include in the special coverage issue on April 18.

Please send memories, photos and stories to editor@georgiabulletin.org. Please send digital or scanned pictures, including the names of people featured, year picture was taken and event if possible.

Any items submitted must be received by Wednesday, April 10. For questions, please contact us at 404-920-7430.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Archbishop Gregory as we continue to pray for him as he prepares to serve the people of Washington, D.C.