Mission Administrator/Pastor: Fr. Mark Starr
Fr. Mark Starr is a 1993 graduate of Georgia Tech with degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon his graduation, he was employed as an engineer and from 2000 through 2006 owned his own consulting engineering practice in Douglasville, Georgia where he was an active member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia. In July, 2006, he entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. While in seminary he spent one summer in Mexico where he was immersed in the culture and today he is fluent in Spanish as well. He graduated in May 2012 with a Master of Art degree in Philosophy and Master of Divinity. Fr. Mark was ordained to the priesthood in June 2012 by Archbishop Wilton Gregory. His first assignment was parochial vicar for the Hispanic community at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marietta. In July, 2014, Fr. Mark was assigned by Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the first administrator of a new Catholic Parish Mission to be established in Acworth. The parish was officially decreed a mission by Archbishop Gregory as St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in November, 2014. Today, he continues to serve as our parish pastoral administrator seeing our parish growth to over 500 families with five weekend Masses.
Deacon/Clergy: Dcn. Tom Ryan
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Deacon Tom moved to Atlanta in 1986 with his wife Ann and four children. Deacon Tom was married on the feast day of St. Clare of Assisi, August 11, 1979!
Deacon Tom attended Maryland University and has worked in various customer and support related positions within IBM. It was through comments and encouragement from parishioners at St. Catherine’s and most importantly, Adoration time spent before the Lord that he felt the calling to do more in serving the Catholic Church. Deacon Tom was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate: Feb. 8, 2008.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren as well as golfing, camping, scouting, outdoor activities and music.