Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Biography of Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory

Published December 4, 2008

Dec. 7, 1947

Born to Wilton Sr. and Ethel Duncan Gregory in Chicago


Attended St. Carthage Grammar School


Converted to Catholicism and was baptized on Holy Saturday, March 28, 1959


Attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary South


Studied at Niles College (now St. Joseph’s College Seminary) of Loyola University


Studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary

May 9, 1973

Ordained a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese by Cardinal John Cody


Began graduate studies at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo), Rome


Earned doctorate in sacred liturgy from Pontifical Liturgical Institute

Dec. 13, 1983

Ordained an auxiliary bishop of Chicago


Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Liturgy

Feb. 10, 1994

Installed as seventh bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill.


Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committees on Personnel and the Third Millennium/Jubilee Year 2000

November 2001

Elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, following three years as vice president under Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas.


Awarded the Sword of Loyola from Loyola University of Chicago

Dec. 9, 2004

Appointed as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta by Pope John Paul II

Jan. 17, 2005

Installed as archbishop of Atlanta


Inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta

Honored with the Cardinal Bernardin Award given by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative


Chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs