Media release: Pope Francis has named The Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M., a Marist priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, as Auxiliary Bishop of The Archdiocese of Atlanta. Says Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory:
“This morning, Pope Francis has once again demonstrated his great love for this local church by assigning The Reverend Joel M. Konzen, S.M., as an Auxiliary Bishop. I am deeply grateful to His Holiness for this appointment of such an excellent priest, who is well known and highly respected by the people of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop-Elect Konzen has spent nearly two decades in pastoral service to this Archdiocese, most of it in caring for and educating students at Marist School. He has been an effective and generous administrator and advisor to the educational ministry of thousands of young people and their parents at Marist, Notre Dame Academy, and most recently at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.
“I warmly welcome Bishop-Elect Konzen as an episcopal colleague who will join Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger and me in caring for this wonderful Catholic community. He is quite familiar with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and I am confident he will enjoy a smooth and speedy transition to episcopal service in these 69 counties of North and Central Georgia. I thank the Marist community for preparing such an excellent servant of the Lord.
“We are looking forward to his Episcopal Ordination on Easter Tuesday, April 3. Please keep Bishop-Elect Konzen, Bishop Shlesinger and me in your prayers as we prepare for that happy day.”
Konzen also is very familiar with Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome thanks to his ties to past priests who have served here.
He is the second new auxiliary bishop named to Atlanta with Bishop Ned Shlesinger also having been appointed last year. They replaced Bishop David P. Talley, who was named bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria, La., and Bishop Luis r. Zarama, who was named Bishop of Raleigh, N.C.
The Atlanta Archdiocese continues to grow with more than 1.2 million Catholics in the 69-county region.