Monsignor David P. Talley Named Auxiliary Bishop For Archdiocese of Atlanta

ATLANTA — Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor David P. Talley J.C.D. to be auxiliary bishop of Atlanta.  The appointment was announced at 6:00 am in Washington, D.C. January 3, 2013 by the apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will hold a press conference in Atlanta at 10:30 am January 3 at the Archdiocese of Atlanta to announce the appointment to the local community.  

Archbishop Gregory said, “It is with great joy that I announce that Our Holy

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Father, Pope Benedict XVI today has appointed Monsignor David P. Talley an Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta.  Bishop-Elect Talley will join Bishop Luis R. Zarama and me in the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  His appointment is 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.
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.

Bishop-Elect Talley will be ordained to the Episcopacy on Easter Tuesday April 2nd at Christ the King Cathedral.  I am sure that he would deeply appreciate your prayers as he prepares to assume the Office of Bishop.  He will continue to serve as Pastor of Saint Brigid until the time of his Ordination.  We will have a number of opportunities to extend our joint best wishes and congratulations to him in the weeks ahead.  I know that he would welcome any personal expressions of congratulations that you might wish to send him.”

Bishop-Elect Talley, 62, a native of Columbus, GA, and raised as a Southern Baptist, he is a convert to Catholicism. He studied at Auburn University, graduate school of the University of Georgia, and worked as a caseworker for abused and neglected children in Fulton County before making his final decision to study for the priesthood. He studied for the archdiocese at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana.

On June 3, 1989, he was ordained by the late Archbishop Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Following ordination, he served his first assignment as a parochial vicar at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Atlanta, until 1993, when he left to study for his canon law doctorate in Rome, Italy.

After completing his studies in 1998, Msgr. Talley began serving part time in the Tribunal and in the archdiocesan vocations office. He was appointed director of vocations in 1998, also directing Nazareth House, a residence for seminarians in formation for priesthood. Msgr. Talley was appointed chancellor of the archdiocese in October 1999 and sat on the Ad Hoc Personnel Board. In 2001, he was named a chaplain of His Holiness and received the title “monsignor.” He is currently pastor of Saint Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek, Georgia.

The Atlanta Archdiocese serves a million Catholics in the 69 counties of North Georgia. The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect David P. Talley will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, Georgia.

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