14-hour day a snapshot of an archbishop’s routine

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory stands outside Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta, Sept. 25 as the 2008 Red Mass prepares to get underway. (CNS/Michael Alexander, The Georgia Bulletin)

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory stands outside Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta Sept. 25 as the 2008 Red Mass prepares to get underway. (CNS/Michael Alexander, The Georgia Bulletin)

Ever wonder what makes up the day of a bishop or archbishop? Sure, we have our ideas, but do we really know all that goes into the typical day of a diocesan leader?

Wonder no more.

In its current issue, The Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, offers a glimpse into a single day of the life of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Writer Andrew Nelson followed the archbishop around for the day –14 hours at that — and offers wonderful insight into the man’s personality and warmth.

Coincidentally, Archbishop Gregory became a bishop 25 years ago in Chicago and he shared his reflections on a quarter century as a leader in the church with the newspaper. Writer Mary Anne Castranio had the chance to sit down with the archbishop on the occasion of the anniversary to learn more about one of the country’s most prominent and respected Catholic clerics.

The newspaper offers a package of stories and sidebars that portray a church leader who is widely respected and appreciated not only for his enormous in his clerical role but as a human being as well.

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