The new Bishop of Savannah's appointment of Conventual Franciscan Father Gregory John Hartmayer, 59, should not go without notice. He's one of two Conventuals called to serve the Church as bishops, the being the Bishop of La Crosse, WI.
Hartmayer is a native of Buffalo, a Friar, and has been a priest for 32 years.
Bishop-elect Gregory John replaces Bishop J. Kevin Boland who has for 16 years as Bishop of Savannah. Boland's brother was the Bishop of Kansas City-St Joseph, MO. Bishop-elect is the 14th bishop, the leader of 77K Catholics in 90 counties.
Today, the diocese is 160 years old.
Bishop-elect Gregory John is well-respected and acknowledged as a good shepherd, a loyal son of Saint Francis of Assisi.
An interview with the Bishop-elect produced by the Conventuals is here.
Pax et bonum.