The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal: Supporting Our New Priests  

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On June 1, the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrated the ordination of five new priests at Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Church, Norcross. Family, friends, and parishioners gathered to celebrate their commitment to serving God and the community. This joyous event illustrates the importance of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, which funds seminarian formation.  

Father Joseph Nguyen expressed his excitement: “I cannot imagine a more fulfilling or meaningful way to spend my life.”  

The newly ordained priests—Father Jared Kleinwaechter, Father David DesPres, Father Colin Patrick, Father Joseph Anh Tuan Nguyen, and Father Arturo Merriman—each brought their unique backgrounds and experiences. Their journeys to the priesthood were supported by generous donations to the Annual Appeal, which provided for their seminary education and spiritual growth.  

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., emphasized the unity and shared mission of these new priests, while family, friends, and parishioners gathered to celebrate their commitment to serving God and the community.   

“David, Jared, Arturo, Colin, and Joseph, as you step into the sacred calling of the priesthood, always remember that you are not alone on this holy journey,” Archbishop Hartmayer told them. “The saints stand as intercessors and role models, guiding and inspiring you in your ministry. You are also surrounded by your fellow clergy, your companions on this journey, and by the loving embrace of your families, friends, and parish communities.”  

Your participation in the 2024 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal not only funds seminarian formation but also supports a wide range of programs, ministries, and services that assist countless individuals and families. It empowers parishes, missions, and schools to carry out the good work of the Church throughout north and central Georgia.  

By contributing to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, you help ensure a vibrant and faithful community by educating and supporting the next generation of priests.  

Support the 2024 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal today and be a part of this transformative mission. Together, we can make a lasting impact on our community and faith.

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Read the full article from the Georgia Bulletin, written by Natalia Duron with photos by Johnathon Kelso.