Pope appoints Savannah, Ga., bishop to be archbishop of Atlanta

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer of Savannah, Ga., is pictured in a 2013 file photo. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Hartmayer to be the archbishop of Atlanta. The appointment was announced in Washington March 5, 2020. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer of Savannah, Georgia, to be the archbishop of Atlanta.

He succeeds Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who was Atlanta’s archbishop from 2005 until he was appointed to head the Archdiocese of Washington in 2019.

The appointment was announced March 5 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

A Conventual Franciscan, Archbishop Hartmayer, 68, has served as Savannah’s 14th bishop since Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to head that diocese July 19, 2011.

In Atlanta, Auxiliary Bishop Joel M. Konzen has been serving as administrator of the archdiocese of Atlanta since Archbishop Gregory’s appointment to Washington.

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