Religious Governance

The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop, Diocese of Savannah

The Bishop’s office is responsible for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in south Georgia as well as the day-to-day administration of the Diocese of Savannah.

Bishop Hartmayer is the fourteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah. He was born in Buffalo, New York and is the son of Sally and the late John W. Hartmayer, he has two brothers, C. Douglas and John, and one sister, Mary Jo Kotacka.

He was ordained on May 5, 1979, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, N.Y., 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.

Bishop Hartmayer holds a 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, N.Y., 1979; bachelor of science degree in philosophy, St. Hyacinth College and Seminary, Granby, Mass., 1974; Cardinal O’Hara High School, Buffalo, N.Y., 1969.

His pastoral assignments include 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, Fla., January 1995 to August 1995; principal of St. Francis High School, Athol Springs, N.Y., 1989 to 1994; principal at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Tonawanda, N.Y., 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 the present; Archdiocesan College of Consultors, June 2005 to the present; elected chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests for 2005 and 2006 and currently 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, N.Y., Athol Springs, N.Y., Jonesboro and Lithia Springs, Ga.

Hobbies: Golf, walking and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Michelle Kroll, Superintendent Of Schools-Diocese of Savannah

Reverend Brett Brannen, J.C.L., Pastor, Most Blessed Sacrament Church.