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Bishop Martin Holley installed as 5th Bishop of Memphis Diocese

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new bishop is now leading the path for thousands of Catholics in the Mid-South.

Bishop Martin Holley was installed as the new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis on Wednesday, making him the 5th bishop to lead the Diocese.

To begin the installation, a letter by Pope Francis was read aloud by a representative from the Vatican.

"And publicly express our confidence that you will serve with an undivided heart, selfless devotion and above all, a joyful spirit. I actually noticed that he's quite joyful today," Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, said.

Bishop Holly then took his seat upon his "Cathedral" chair, officially signifying his position as Bishop.

"On your part, teach the faithful being entrusted to your care gently," Pierre said.

Bishop Holley is only one of two people to sit in that seat as Bishop of Memphis in the last 23 years, following in the footsteps of Bishop Terry Steib who is retiring.

"We've known each other and have been friends for many, many years and you have Shepherd this local church for 23 years with an exceptional dedication to the Catholic education, to preaching and teaching," Bishop Holley said to Bishop Steib.

Bishop Holley was born in Pensacola, Florida, and has 13 brothers and sisters. He first said he wanted to be a priest in first grade. Holley comes to Memphis after serving for 12 years as an auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Washington.

"I feel so great. I am so happy to be here with you, so Memphis thank you so very, very much," Bishop Holley said.

Right after his first mass, Bishop Holley began two community service projects. One was packaging 2,000 meals for the homeless and another was taking flower arrangements to a local nursing home.

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