Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Atlanta’s new auxiliary bishop to be ordained July 19

Published July 6, 2017

ATLANTA—The episcopal ordination of Bishop-designate Bernard E. “Ned” Shlesinger III will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta.

Bishop-designate Shlesinger will become a bishop by the laying on of hands and prayer of consecration, similar to the ritual of a priest’s ordination. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory is to be the consecrator. Bishop Luis R. Zarama, newly named bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, of Arlington, Virginia, are the co-consecrators.

The Mass of Episcopal Ordination is open only to ticket-holders due to space limitations.

A solemn vespers will be celebrated by Archbishop Gregory the evening before on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the cathedral. The liturgy is a time of prayer for Bishop-designate Shlesinger and for him to be with the priests of the archdiocese. It is not open to the public.

However, both vespers and the Mass of Episcopal Ordination can be seen live online. All are invited to watch both liturgies at