Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. ordained Andrew Taylor Larkin as a Catholic priest in an ancient ritual at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah on June 30.
Father Larkin celebrated his first mass at his home parish, St. Peter Claver Church in Macon on July 1. He is the son of Mike and Angela Larkin of Macon.
Father Larkin’s first assignment is as parochial vicar at St. Anne Parish in Richmond Hill. He will also serve part time in the marriage tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Savannah.
The new priest’s journey to the priesthood was not a direct one. A 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia, Larkin was working in the business world for a number of years before he felt a calling to the priesthood.
He contacted the vocations director for the Diocese of Savannah, Father Mike Ingram, and soon was given the unique opportunity to study at the Pontifical North American College, which serves as the American seminary in Rome.
In 2016 he was ordained to the transitional diaconate, a step before priesthood, in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican.
As parochial vicar, he will assist St. Anne pastor Father Allan McDonald, pastor, in ministering to the parish of about 770 families.