Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Four Priests Named First-Time Pastors, Administrator

Published July 2, 2009

Father Rafael Carballo, currently a parochial vicar at St. Brendan the Navigator Church, Cumming, will become pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Carrollton.

Father Luis Guillermo Cordoba, currently a parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Blairsville, and St. Paul the Apostle Church, Cleveland, will become administrator of Our Lady of the Americas Mission, Lilburn.

Father Terence Crone, currently a parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw, will become pastor of St. Mary Church, Toccoa, and administrator at St. Catherine Labouré Mission, Commerce.

Father Dung Nguyen, currently a parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Church, Decatur, will become pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Milledgeville.

Father Carballo, 47, born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, was ordained in 2006. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., and a master’s degree in business administration from Universidad InterAmericana-Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He attended St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa.

Father Carballo served in the diaconate formation program for the archdiocese for four years prior to his ordination to the priesthood. Since 2006, he has served as a parochial vicar at St. Brendan the Navigator.

Father Cordoba, 48, is a native of Colombia and was ordained in 2000. He took simple vows and served in the religious community of Padres Agustinos Recoletos from 1980 to 1984. He completed studies in philosophy in 1991 at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bogota, and earned a bachelor’s degree in theology in 1995, at the Pontifical Bolivariana University in Medellin. He also attended St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.

From 2000 to 2003, Father Cordoba was a parochial vicar at St. Benedict Church, Duluth. He has also served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, and St. Francis of Assisi Church, Blairsville. In August 2008, he was appointed for a period of three years as a member of the archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry Council, which works to achieve the pastoral goals for the Hispanic community.

Father Crone, 41, a native of Memphis, Tenn., holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and earned a master of arts degree in systematic theology in 2001 and master of divinity degree in 2002 from St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa.

Ordained in 2002, he served his first assignment at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Woodstock. He has also served as parochial vicar at St. James the Apostle Church, McDonough, and St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw.

Father Nguyen, 38, escaped from communist Vietnam as a child, spending six months in a Singapore refugee camp before coming to the United States. After attending Catholic high school he went on to earn a degree in math and computer science from St. Michael’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. He went on to study at St. Thomas University in Rome, Italy, and Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning a degree in sacred theology in 2000 and a licentiate in canon law in 2002.

He served as a parochial vicar at St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell, after his ordination in 2002. In July 2002 he was also appointed as a judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the judicial vicar of the Tribunal, as well as the chaplain for our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, Atlanta. In 2003, he was also appointed to the committee for the continuing formation of priests.

In 2006, Father Nguyen became a parochial vicar at St. John Neumann Church, Lilburn, and in 2008, he moved to St. Thomas More Church in Decatur as parochial vicar.