Pope Benedict XVI has named Atlanta priest Monsignor David P. Talley, a convert to Catholicism, as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said Jan. 3 that he announced the appointment “with great joy.”
“The Holy Father has selected a wonderful member of this zealous local
presbyterate for the episcopacy and I know that he will bring all of his
many gifts and talents to this new office,” he said in a statement.
The archbishop called the appointment “a generous expression of the
esteem that the Holy Father has for this local Church and an obvious
recognition of and an invitation for our continued growth and
development as a vibrant community of Catholic Faith.”
Bishop-designate Talley will be ordained a bishop at Atlanta’s Christ
the King Cathedral on April 2, the first Tuesday after Easter.
He was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 11, 1950 and raised as a
Southern Baptist. At the age of 24, Bishop-designate Talley converted to
He studied at Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana and
was ordained a priest for the Atlanta archdiocese in 1989. He has a
licentiate and doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian Pontifical
University in Rome.
The bishop-designate has been pastor of St. Brigid Church in Johns
Creek, Georgia since 2011. He has served as pastor or parochial vicar at
four other Georgia churches. He has also been the archdiocese’s
vocations director, chancellor and judicial vicar of the metropolitan
Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor in 2001.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta has 857,000 Catholics out of a population of
nearly seven million. It has 228 priests. Bishop Luis R. Zarama is the
archdiocese’s other auxiliary bishop.
Pope Benedict also named a new Canadian bishop on Jan. 3.
Monsignor Stephen Jensen, vicar general of the Archdiocese of
Vancouver, will succeed Bishop Gerald Wiesner as head of the Diocese of
Prince George in British Columbia.