The Vatican has named a new bishop to lead Catholics in South and Central Georgia.
He is the Rev. Gregory John Hartmayer, currently pastor of a St. John Vianney Parish in Lithia Springs, outside Atlanta.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed the 59-year-old Hartmayer to replace Bishop J. Kevin Boland, who is retiring.
He is a native of Buffalo, New York who spent 16 years in Catholic high school education and the past 16 years as a parish priest.
Boland, 76, announced last year that he is retiring.
The announcement says he'll continue to run the Savannnah diocese until Hartmayer is ordained as bishop on Oct. 18.