Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Pope John Paul II has named the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, untill now Bishop of Belleville, as the sixth Archbishop of Atlanta.
Bishop Gregory has served as Bishop of Belleville, Illinois since February 1994 and recently completed a three-year term as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop Gregory will be installed on Monday, January 17, 2005. He replaces The Most Reverend John F. Donoghue, who is retiring after serving the Archdiocese since 1993. No announcement was made regarding a successor for Bishop Gregory in Belleville.
Born December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, Bishop Gregory attended Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary. Three years after his ordination to the priesthood he began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Sacred Liturgy in 1980.