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Vespers service held to welcome new bishop

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A vespers service was held Tuesday night, on the eve of the installation of the Memphis Diocese new bishop, in order for the Diocese to welcome Bishop Martin D. Holley as its new bishop.

Holley knocked on the door of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the doors were opened as a warm welcome for Holley, who replaces Bishop Terry Steib who has retired.

CLICK HERE: To view photos of the vespers service

More than 27 Bishops, three Cardinals and 100 priests will come together in Memphis to welcome Bishop Martin D. Holley as he is officially installed as the new bishop at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis will hold an installation mass for Holley at the Cook Convention Center, October 19 at 2 p.m.

In August, Holley was appointed by Pope Francis to the Catholic Diocese of Memphis where he said he was ready to tackle the challenges in the Mid-South, such as education and poverty.

"I come to the Diocese with a great sense of joy, energy, and enthusiasm," Bishop Holley said. "Education, the poor, immigration, and pro-life. All of those issues will be very important to me."

Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Holley served on many key boards in the Washington, D.C. Archdiocese.

Before coming to Memphis, Holley was named the auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington by Pope John Paul II in 2004.

Holley will be the fifth Memphis bishop appointed since Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D. who was appointed by Pope John Paul II in March 1993. Catholic Bishops are required to submit their resignations at age 75. Bishop Terry did so when he reached that age on May 21, 2015.

Steib, 76, served as Memphis bishop for 23 years, the longest serving shepherd in the history of the Diocese of Memphis, which was founded in 1971.

As the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Holley will serve all 21 counties in West Tennessee.

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