The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

Fourteenth Bishop of Savannah -- 2011 - present

Episcopal Ordination: October 18, 2011

Date of Birth: Nov. 21, 1951

Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY

Family: The son of Sally and the late John W. Hartmayer, he has two brothers, C. Douglas and John, and one sister, Mary Jo Kotacka.

Ordained: On May 5, 1979, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY, by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard. He joined the Conventual Franciscan Friars at the novitiate of St. Joseph Cupertino in Ellicott City, MD., in 1969. He professed his simple vows there on Aug. 15, 1970. He professed his solemn vows on Aug. 15, 1973.


  • Master of education degree in secondary Catholic school administration, Boston College, 1992;
  • Master of arts degree in pastoral counseling, Emmanuel College, Boston, 1980;
  • Master of theology degree, St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, NY, 1979;
  • Bachelor of science degree in philosophy, St. Hyacinth College and Seminary, Granby, MA, 1974;
  • Cardinal O’Hara High School, Buffalo, NY, 1969.

Pastoral Assignments:

  • Pastor, St. John Vianney Church, Lithia Springs, 2010 to 2011.
  • Pastor, St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro, 1995 to 2010;
  • Faculty at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, FL, January 1995 to August 1995;
  • Principal of St. Francis High School, Athol Springs, NY, 1989 to 1994;
  • Principal at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Tonawanda, NY, 1988 to 1989;
  • Teacher, guidance counselor and principal at Archbishop Curley High School, Baltimore, 1974 and 1975, 1979, and 1985 to 1987.

Additional Archdiocesan Appointments:

  • Archdiocesan Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests and Mentor for Newly Ordained, 2008 to 2011;
  • Archdiocesan College of Consultors, June 2005 to 2011;
  • Elected chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests for 2005 and 2006 and was chairman in 2011 as well as elected representative of religious order priests.

Conventual Franciscan Appointments: Past definitor of the St. Anthony of Padua Province; guardian of friaries in Baltimore, Tonawanda, NY, Athol Springs, NY, Jonesboro and Lithia Springs, GA.

Board Appointments:  Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), 2016.  Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, FL, 2015. 

USCCB Committee:  Member of the Administrative Committee.  Committee on Priorities and Plans, 2016.  Member of the subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, 2012 to the present. 

Hobbies: Golf, walking and watching the Atlanta Braves.

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