Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Father McCormick To Celebrate 50 Years As Priest

Published May 17, 2007

Father Daniel J. McCormick, the first priest to be ordained for the new Diocese of Atlanta in 1957, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination at a concelebrated Mass at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at All Saints Church.

The Mass will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by a reception in the parish hall for current and former parishioners and other friends and relatives of Father McCormick. The public is invited to the golden jubilee Mass and reception.

Father McCormick has served at All Saints Church in Dunwoody, where he is a parochial vicar, for over a decade. He is also chaplain for the Veterans Hospital in Atlanta and continues his longtime service in the Province of Atlanta Court of Appeals where he is Defender of the Bond. He is a Vicar for Clergy of the Atlanta Archdiocese.

Father McCormick was ordained for the newly established Atlanta Catholic diocese on June 1, 1957 by Bishop Francis E. Hyland in Father McCormick’s home parish, St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Father McCormick was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Lynbrook, N.Y. After graduation from Malvern High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to1948 on a destroyer and in the submarine service. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia from 1948 to 1950.

In 1950 Father McCormick transferred to St. Philip Neri in Boston, a school that specialized in accelerated Latin courses for candidates preparing to go to a seminary to train for priesthood. Next he attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore majoring in philosophy and theology before finishing his studies in May 1957.

Over the past 50 years, Father Dan, as he is known to parishioners and friends across the Atlanta Archdiocese, has served in many parishes as pastor and a parochial vicar. Upon arrival in Atlanta in 1957, he received a temporary assignment to St. Thomas More Church in Decatur and also helped out at St. John Chrysostom Melkite Church in Atlanta. His first permanent assignment was at St. Anthony Church in southwest Atlanta. He also taught at St. Joseph’s High School in downtown Atlanta.

He has served as a pastor in numerous parishes including St. Patrick in Norcross, St. Bernadette in Cedartown, St. Lawrence in Lawrenceville, St. Mary in Rome, St. John Neumann in Lilburn, and Holy Trinity in Peachtree City. He also spent over two years with the monks at Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers before returning to active service as an Atlanta diocesan priest. He also has served multiple other parish assignments and as chaplain to the Roswell police and to the Georgia Sheriffs Association.

All Saints Church is located at 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody.

For additional information please contact Msgr. R. Donald Kiernan, pastor of All Saints Church, Dunwoody, at (770) 393-3255 or John or Kathy Seggerson at (770) 396-5417 or