Seven bishops and approximately 130 priests from the five dioceses that comprise the Atlanta Province concluded their annual gathering, Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Each year at this time, clergy in the Province come together for study days. The 2012 three-day session was hosted by the Diocese of Raleigh.
This year’s presenter was Fr. Robert Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who has become a leader in the New Evangelization.
Twelve years ago, Fr. Barron began "Word on Fire Catholic Ministries," which includes broadcast programs, books, commentaries and blogs. Among his recent projects has been a book titled Catholicism and a 10-part documentary, The Catholicism Project, in which he traveled to 16 countries to tell the story of the Church. The acclaimed series aired on public television in 2011 and on Catholic TV channels.
In May, Cardinal Francis George named Fr. Barron to the position of Rector and President the University of Our Lady of the Lake (Mundelein) Seminary in the Archdiocese. Fr. Barron said he will continue his evangelization work in addition to the work required in his new assignment.
On Tuesday evening, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral for those attending the Province meeting. Among the concelebrants were the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh; Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte; Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston; Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, Bishop of Savannah; Most Reverend J. Kevin Boland, Retired Bishop of Savannah; and Most Reverend Luis R. Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta.
Noting that August 28 was the Feast of St. Augustine, Archbishop Gregory focused most of his homily on the importance of one of the most well-known Doctors of the Church. “St. Augustine was one of the most eloquent and most important leaders in the first 1,000 years of the Church,” the Archbishop said. “His wisdom inspires us still today. His writings and his preaching illuminated and still illuminates the Church.”
With the theme of this year’s study days being the New Evangelization, Archbishop Gregory pointed to the evangelization success of St. Augustine. “He spoke in a clear, transparent and simple way. St. Augustine had the ability to express the profound in very concise ways.”
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Above: Fr. Robert Barron, addressing bishops and clergy from Atlanta Province during annual ‘study days’ gathering held this year at Marriott Hotel in Raleigh. Click photo to view larger.
Above: Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, during homily of Mass celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Click photo to view larger.
Above: Most Reverend J. Kevin Boland, Retired Bishop of Savannah; Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge; Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, Bishop of Savannah; Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta; Most Reverend Luis R. Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta; Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte; and Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston. Click photo to view larger.