Speaking at: Closing Mass
Speaking Time(s) and Location(s):
GICC Exhibit Hall A,B,C,D
June 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
Archbishop of Atlanta
Archbishop of Atlanta
Born December 7, 1947, in Chicago, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory attended St. Carthage Grammar School, where he converted to Catholicism. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College (now St. Joseph’s College Seminary) of Loyola University and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.
He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973. Three years after his ordination he began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome. There he earned his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980.
After having served as an associate pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview, IL as a member of the faculty of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and as a master of ceremonies to Cardinals John Cody and Joseph Bernardin, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Chicago on Dec. 13, 1983. On February 10, 1994, he was installed as the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, where he served for the next 11 years. On Dec. 9, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Gregory as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was installed on Jan. 17, 2005.
Archbishop Gregory has led and participated in numerous local, national and international ecumenical and interreligious efforts to encourage collective work to improve the world with a shared positive vision and cooperative goals.
Archbishop Gregory has served in many leading roles in the U.S. church and has written extensively on church issues, including pastoral statements on the death penalty and euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. In November 2001, he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) following three years as vice president. During his tenure in office, the crisis of sex abuse by Catholic clergy escalated; and under his leadership, the bishops implemented the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
He currently is chairman of two USCCB committees: the Committee on Divine Worship and the Special Task Force on Peace and Unity in Our Communities. The purpose of the task force is to promote peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.