THE PRIESTS WE PRAY FOR
At the request of Bishop Thomas J. McDonough, the Carmelites came to Savannah in 1958 to intercede and pray for the priests and vocations of the Diocese of Savannah. Over the last 60 years, as the United States as a whole has experienced a 40 percent decrease in priestly vocations, the number of diocesan priests in the Diocese of Savannah has grown by 200 percent. It is our special joy to pray and sacrifice for all priests, seminarians, deacons, and missionaries so that they will be faithful, courageous, and saintly as they lead as many souls as possible to Christ.
THE MOST REVEREND BISHOP STEPHEN D. PARKES
BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF SAVANNAH
On September 23, 2020, the episcopal ordination and installation of the Most Reverend Stephen D. Parkes took place at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. The bishop’s office is responsible for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in southern Georgia as well as the day-to-day administration of the Diocese of Savannah.
THE PRIESTS OF OUR DIOCESE
The Diocese of Savannah covers 37,038 square miles in the state of Georgia, ministering to a total population of 2,934,000, of which 75,603 are Catholic. Of the 88 priests in the Diocese of Savannah, 55 are currently serving in 57 parishes and 21 missions.
The ministry of the deacon in the Roman Catholic Church is described as one of service in three areas: the Word, the Liturgy, and Charity. Permanent deacons often serve in parish or other ministries as their time permits since they typically have other full-time employment. They often work directly in ministry to the marginalized inside and outside the church: the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the imprisoned. They may also act, with permission of the bishop, as parish administrators.
God calls each of us to follow Him in different ways. Seminary provides the environment, education, and formation necessary to help men clearly discern if God is calling them to the priesthood and to prepare for ministry.