Georgia Bulletin

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Photo By Michael Alexander
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, fifth from the right, and Bishops Luis Zarama, far left, and David Talley, far right, join jubilarians (l-r) Father Paul Flood and Legionaries of Christ Father Juan G. Guerra (25 years), Father Ted Johnson (60 years), Msgr. Henry Gracz (50 years), Father Richard Morrow (60 years), Our Lady of La Salette Father Paul Rainville and Congregation of the Passion Father Alberto Cabrera (50 years), Father Jim Harrison (60 years) and Father Richard Kieran, seated center, (50 years) for a group photograph before the Chrism Mass.


Priests celebrate jubilees in 2015

Published April 2, 2015

The following priests serving in the Archdiocese of Atlanta were honored at the Chrism Mass March 31 as they celebrate jubilees of ordination in 2015.


Father Paul A. Flood

Father Paul A. Flood was born in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 23, 1958. He attended seminary at St. Gabriel’s Retreat, The Graan, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and All Hallows Missionary College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Atlanta at All Hallows Seminary Chapel on June 10, 1990. He earned a degree in philosophical studies from the National Council of Education Awards; a bachelor’s degree in theology at Maynooth College; a graduate degree in holistic studies at All Hallows College; and is a registered psychiatric nurse. Father Flood has served in a number of parishes in the archdiocese, including Corpus Christi Church, Stone Mountain; St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw; St. Mary’s Church, Toccoa, and its mission, St. Catherine Labouré Church, then in Commerce; Christ Our Hope Church, Lithonia; and St. Michael the Archangel Church, Woodstock. Father Flood has served on the Priest Personnel Board, the Council of Priests and currently serves on the Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests. He is the pastor of St. Benedict Church, Johns Creek.


Father Alberto A. Cabrera, C.P.

Born Dec. 7, 1934 in Rosales-Cordoba, Argentina, Father Alberto was ordained as a priest of the Passionist congregation on July 17, 1965. His service has been long and varied and has included serving as parochial vicar at Holy Cross Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and St. Gemma Galgani Church in Montevideo, Uruguay, and as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chaco, Argentina. Father Alberto was a missionary from 1966 to 1999. He then served at St. Mary House in Bedford, Pennsylvania, from 1998 to 2003 and at Immaculate Conception Monastery in Jamaica, New York, from 2003 to 2011. Currently Father Alberto is parochial vicar at St. Paul of the Cross Church, Atlanta.

Father Joseph Gosselin, M.S.

A priest of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Father Joseph Gosselin was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on May 4, 1940 and attended school there. He completed high school at the La Salette Seminary in Enfield, Connecticut, and entered the La Salette novitiate in Centre Harbor, New Hampshire, on July 1, 1959. He made first profession of vows there on July 2, 1960 and finished his studies at the La Salette Seminary in East Brewster, Massachusetts, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada. Ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 11, 1965, he served a year as vocation recruiter and was then assigned to the La Salette missions in the Philippines, where he served as professor, prefect of discipline, treasurer, and director of seminarians. He returned to the United States in 1971, where he was asked to minister in community capacities over the next 11 years. He was also contributing editor of the provincial newsletter. In 1988, he was appointed the second assistant to the provincial superior and provincial treasurer. Father Gosselin went on to be assigned as the director of Shrine programs for Attleboro in 1991. He served as pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Ontario from 1997 to 2004 and as pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Sulphur, Louisiana, from 2004 until 2011. He was assigned to Blessed Trinity Parish in Orlando, Florida, in 2011. In 2014, Father Gosselin was reassigned to residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Smyrna. In recent years, he has been drawn to ministering with the poor of Haiti.

Msgr. Henry Gracz

Born in Buffalo, New York, on Sept. 27, 1939, Msgr. Henry C. Gracz was ordained to the priesthood on May 8, 1965, by Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan. After graduating from Canisius College, Buffalo, he studied theology at Christ the King Seminary in the Buffalo area, with graduate work at Fordham University, New York, and The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He was drawn to serve in the Archdiocese of Atlanta after hearing about the lack of priests in this region. He has lived and ministered in Georgia for over 49 years. His loves are good liturgy and worship, concerns for the just church in a just world, and the engaging search for spirituality. His ministry has always included ecumenical and interfaith activities and he was a founding member of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. Msgr. Gracz has served at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, and St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown. His pastorates have included St. Joseph Church, Athens; Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Decatur; Transfiguration Church, Marietta; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Atlanta; St. John the Evangelist Church, Hapeville; St. James the Apostle Church, McDonough, and St. Mary’s Church, Jackson. He currently serves as the pastor of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta. He has been a priest leader of Marriage Encounter in the archdiocese and served as the vicar for clergy for 13 years.

Father Richard A. Kieran

Father Richard A. Kieran was born March 7, 1940 and was ordained on June 20, 1965 at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland. His first assignment was Immaculate Heart of Mary Church under Msgr. Michael Regan. In 1966, he began as a part-time teacher at St. Pius X High School, later becoming a full-time faculty member and ultimately, principal. He also served as Secretary for Catholic Education of the archdiocese. In 1966-67, Father Richard and some members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish founded a branch of the Cursillo Movement in Atlanta, which he led until his tragic stroke in 1999. For many years, Father Richard was an active and strong member of the Council of Priests. He is a past president of the Christian Council of Metro Atlanta and former spokesperson for ecumenical affairs. During his years of service in the Atlanta Archdiocese, he pastored at five parishes. His favorite work was giving parish renewals in which his teaching and preaching gifts excelled.

Father Paul Gerard Rainville, M.S.

A priest of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Father Paul Rainville was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 30, 1939. His education has extended from a Catholic bilingual grade school to graduate school, where he studied theology. He made his first profession of vows on July 2, 1960 and was ordained on Dec. 11, 1965. Father Paul has served as a parish mission facilitator, an Army Reserve chaplain, and at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Father Paul has been a parochial vicar and pastor in several parishes, serving in the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, Canada, and in Jasper and Lufkin, Texas. He speaks English, French and Spanish. Father Paul is currently in residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Smyrna.

Father John J. Sullivan, S.M.

A native of San Francisco, California, Father John Sullivan was born Jan. 18, 1937 and was ordained May 26, 1965 as a priest of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers and Brothers). Father John completed his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1961. He served full terms as pastor in northern California and Hawaii and has also worked as parochial vicar in Wheeling, West Virginia. He is currently serving as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta.


Father James L. Harrison

Father James L. Harrison was born in Atlanta on April 21, 1929. He attended St. Charles College, in Catonsville, Maryland, and also earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in philosophy at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 17, 1955.

Father Harrison has served at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta; the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta; St. Joseph Church, Athens; St. Anna Church, Monroe; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta; Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta; St. Michael Church, Gainesville; and St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw. Though a graduate of Marist School, Atlanta, Father Harrison served as St. Pius X High School’s first principal from 1958-64. He currently serves as the pastor of St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, Lawrenceville.

Father Edward D. “Ted” Johnson

Father Ted Johnson was born in Macon on April 11, 1929 and was ordained Oct. 2, 1955. He received a humanities degree from St. John’s Seminary in Boston and went on to receive a degree in supervisory education from the U.S. Navy in Newport, Rhode Island. He did further studies in Scripture at Providence College, Rhode Island. His service has included being a Navy chaplain for over 20 years (13 active, 12 Reserve). He has served in Vietnam, completed two tours at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, at Corpus Christi, Texas Naval Air Station, and at the Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. Father Ted is now retired from the Archdiocese of Rhode Island and resides at Garden Plaza where he serves as chaplain.

Father Richard Morrow

Father Richard Morrow, a native of Stamford, Connecticut, was ordained May 19, 1955, and served his first permanent assignment as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta. After serving there for five years, he was named pastor of St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown, and also of its mission, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Carrollton. In 1966 he began serving full time as Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s first pastor. He then went on to start a new parish in Smyrna, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, and its mission, St. John Vianney, Lithia Springs. After serving in Smyrna for six years, Father Morrow was named pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Hapeville, where he stayed until 1978. He then went to Rome to study for four months and upon his return became pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church, Atlanta. In 1986 he was named pastor of Prince of Peace Church, then in Buford, and also served as the vicar for clergy, a position he held for 13 years. In 1992 he was named pastor of Good Shepherd Church, Cumming, where he stayed until his retirement in 1996. In addition to serving as a vicar for clergy, Father Morrow has held numerous positions on behalf of the archdiocese, including as a member of the College of Consultors, the Priests’ Senate and the Council of Priests. Though retired, Father Morrow remains active at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, where he is in residence.