23 December 2007

Overview: Province of Georgia, North Carolina, & South Carolina

The metropolitan is the Archdiocese of Atlanta with Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah as suffragan dioceses.

Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory (60), Archbishop of Atlanta, Georgia, celebrated his 24th anniversary of his consecration as a bishop just 10 days ago. He has been in his current post for about 3 years. Until the most recent past-Archbishop (John Francis Donoghue), the see had an unfortunate history of ordinaries dying rather young. God willing, that tradition has been broken.

The diocese of Charleston, South Carolina is currently vacant after Bishop Robert Joseph Baker was named Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama in August of this year.

Charlotte, North Carolina is presided over by Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis (50) for a little over 4 years now. He is the 4th ordinary and by far the youngest. In several years he may be one to watch for another appointment. Although having also served as a priest in this diocese makes that a bit less likely.

Bishop Michael Francis Burbidge (50) is serving as Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been in that post for about a year and a half. He seems a likely candidate for another appointment, but not for several years.

The diocese of Savannah, Georgia is lead by Bishop John Kevin Boland (72).

This province, with the obvious exception of Charleston, is likely to see little change in the Hierarchy until around 2011. But at that point, it would not be surprizing for several of the dioceses to change hands over the period of a year or two.
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