Published May 16, 2017
Bishop-designate Bernard E. “Ned” Shlesinger III, of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, was introduced to the Catholic community of north and middle Georgia on Monday, May 15. A smiling Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory made the announcement.
We're excited to welcome Bishop-Elect Ned Shlesinger to the Archdiocese of Atlanta! pic.twitter.com/lwLqerIKkB
— Atlanta Archdiocese (@archatl) May 15, 2017
For his part, Bishop-designate Shlesinger held back tears as he talked about his ministry in the Tar Heel state. In a light-hearted moment, he admitted his interest in baseball (a fan of the Washington Nationals) and fishing. He greeted Hispanic Catholics in Spanish.
He will serve alongside Archbishop Gregory and Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama as the spiritual leaders of the estimated 1 million Catholics living in the 69 counties of the archdiocese.
If you weren’t able to see the news conference broadcast on Facebook, view it here.
In addition, staff reporter Andrew Nelson created a map featuring the ministries of Bishop-designate Shlesinger. He spent a several years in eastern North Carolina, learning Spanish from the people he served.
We’ll have more about the new auxiliary bishop in our Thursday, May 18, issue of The Georgia Bulletin.
Map of the bishop-designate’s ministries and parishes where he served: