Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo was born in Anserma-Caldas, Colombia. After completing his undergraduate studies in Bogota, Colombia, he attended St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In July 1998, Fernando was ordained a deacon at The Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. He completed his formal education at the seminary earning two master's degrees: Religious Education and Divinity.
Fr. Fernando was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1999 at St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw. Since then, he has served in several parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. His current assignment (since July 1, 2014) is pastor of The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Marietta.
Fr. Brian was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Atlanta suburbs. He come from a family of six, having two older siblings and one younger. He studied at Woodstock High School and Kennesaw State University where he studied journalism at first, then transferred to college seminary to complete a bachelor's degree in philosophy.
Fr. Brian enjoys learning how to do things, such as crafts and hobbies. He enjoys reading and learning new things, investigating and synthesizing learned information. He also enjoys exercising, fishing, reading during my downtime.
Fr. Brian felt called to the priesthood in order to help other people. The mission of the Gospel is serve others and he wanted to play a small part in that mission. He decided to enter seminary formation due to a curiosity to live a life of love for all peoples. When he saw examples of people doing just that, he wanted to participate. God uses all that he is: his weaknesses, gifts, talents, perspectives and experiences. He wanted to become a part of the Christian mission.
Deacon Paul Gorki was born and raised in North Haven, Connecticut. He received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and a MS in Construction/Project Management from George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on 7 February 2009. Paul and his wife, Elise, live in East Cobb County. They have three children and two grandchildren. After retiring from the Army, Deacon Paul and his family moved to Atlanta in 1994. They have been members of Transfiguration since 1994. Deacon Paul has an interest in the Ministry of Caring and the Adult Education program as well as in working with the extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and in the training of our Altar Servers.
Peter was ordained a Permanent Deacon on February 6, 2016, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, GA. Since ordination, Peter has been assigned to Transfiguration, his home parish for 15 years.
Deacon Peter has special interest in religious education, social justice issues, supporting church ministries, and sacramental preparation programs.
Peter and his wife, Kay live in East Cobb County. They have one son, Robert. He an Kay are active with St. Vincent de Paul & several other ministries. They ask that you consider joining one if not already involved.
Peter is a Marietta native, growing up in Cobb and graduating from Marietta High School. Kay is originally from Korea and has been a Georgia resident since 1980. Whenever we have a dance, you will probably see Kay and Peter on the dance floor. Please join them.
Peter is a graduate of Georgia State University and is a retired educator, having served as a teacher and administrator with Fulton County Schools for 33 years. Before retiring to finish his diaconal studies, he was Assistant Principal at Riverwood International High School for 13 years.
Members of Transfiguration for 15 years, Kay and Peter look forward to continued sharing of service and worship with you.
Deacon David and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for 41 years. They have two children, Sarah and Christopher, and four grandchildren. He graduated from D'Youville College in Buffalo, with a bachelor of science in nursing.
His work experience include Buffalo General Hospital, critical care nurse and organ transplant coordinator; CryoLife, Inc., helping to develop organ and tissue recovery organizations; Regeneration Technologies, Inc.; Pain Solution Treatment Centers, clinical director, and physician liaison; Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, business development manager (at present).
Deacon David's hobbies and interests are music, playing several instruments and performing; music ministry at Transfiguration Church and the diaconate program; he is an amateur historian with a focus on Civil War and World War II history; playing cards and making puzzles.
His parish ministries are music ministry, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Family Promise, Eucharistic minister, and lector. Ministries of interest in the future are Spiritual direction, hospice ministry. David is also interested in learning Spanish.
He was ordained to the diaconate February 3, 2018
Deacon Paul Franklin is a native Georgian. Born in Athens, he lived in several towns, before moving to Valdosta, where he went to high school. He graduate from Georgia Tech, and has Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He married Margaret (whose parents were founding members of Transfiguration) in 1982, and they have four children: Justin, Christine, Julian, and Samara. His career took him from Atlanta to New Jersey, California, North Carolina, and again to New Jersey before returning to Atlanta. Paul and Margaret currently live in Kennesaw.
Deacon Paul was ordained in May 2012 in the Diocese of Trenton. Deacon Paul has supported prison ministry, youth ministry, sacramental preparation, and adult faith formation. He was assigned to Transfiguration in March 2017.
Outside of church, Deacon Paul enjoys gardening and square dancing with Margaret.
Deacon Dev Lobo
Dev and his wife Daphne have been married for 31 years and have two children. They moved to Atlanta in 2009 and became members of Transfiguration after falling in love with the warmth of our parish community! Prior to that, they lived in India, Hong Kong, and from 2000-2009 in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Needless to say, they are proud supporters of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Milwaukee Brewers!
At Transfiguration, Dev has been a lector, eucharistic minister, choir member, high school faith formation catechist, and youth mentor. He has also encouraged parish families to serve together at St. Francis Table soup kitchen.
His hobbies and interests include any family activity, watching sports and British murder mysteries, reading about presidential history and politics, traveling, listening to contemporary Christian music, and trying new foods.
He was ordained to the deaconate February, 1 2020
Linda Rega is the Pastor’s Administrative Assistant. She moved here from NY in 1993, where she was an Assistant Manager at the Bank of New York. She has been a member of Transfiguration since 1994, and joined our staff in 1997, starting in the Day Care dept. She is married and has one son.
Liana was born and raised in Hawaii. After leaving Honolulu, she lived in Austin, TX, Boston, MA and finally moved to the Atlanta area (all capital cities!) in 1985. Since earning her AA in early education in 2005, Liana has been teaching at a small special needs school in Roswell. She has been a catechist for 10 years, and is also a member of many ministries as well as a COR representative.
Liana is married to Bob and they have been blessed with nine grandchildren. She continues her faith journey trusting in God and knowing that He is leading the way.
Gloria was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and attended an all girls Catholic school. She moved to the United States in 1992, after marrying her husband, Esteban. They joined Transfiguration in 1998 when the Spanish Ministry began. Gloria is an active volunteer in Hispanic Ministry and she and her husband have been integrally involved in Marriage Encounter for over 6 years. Her family loves the Braves! Gloria joined the staff in October 2009. Stop by the Hispanic Ministry office to meet Gloria and say, “Hi” or “Hola!”