Raleigh diocese priest to become a bishop in Georgia

A priest from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has been chosen by Pope Francis to serve as a bishop in Atlanta.

Bernard E. Shlesinger III will become Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, which covers 69 counties in north and central Georgia and is home to 1.1 million Catholics.


Shlesinger, who is 57 and goes by Ned, has served in the Raleigh diocese since he was ordained a priest in 1996 and was pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Newton Grove for a decade ending in 2007. He has spent the last decade in various administrative roles and is currently Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

Shlesinger will become the second auxiliary bishop in the Atlanta archdiocese. An auxiliary bishop assists the archbishop of the archdiocese.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling