Cathedral to Host April 2 Installation Mass, Related Events

On March 5, 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis named the Most Reverend David Prescott Talley as the sixth Bishop of Memphis.

Bishop Talley is presently the Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana. He was born in Columbus, Georgia and was raised as a Southern Baptist.  He converted to Catholicism while a student at Auburn University.  He was a social worker in Fulton County, Georgia, working with abused and neglected children when he discerned a call to priesthood.  He studied at St. Meinrad Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta on June 3, 1989.  

Bishop Talley served as a parochial vicar, administrator, pastor, vocation director, official the Tribunal, vicar general and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, prior to becoming the coadjutor bishop of Alexandria in 2016.  He became the Bishop of Alexandria upon the retirement of Bishop Ronald Herzog in 2017.   
We are delighted to welcome Bishop David Talley to the Diocese of Memphis and to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception!

At the request of Bishop Talley, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been chosen as the venue for the Mass of Welcome and Installation that will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 2:00pm.  At that time, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Memphis, will officially welcome Bishop Talley.  Together with Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, they will escort him to the cathedra, the bishop’s chair that gives the Cathedral its name.

In addition to the Installation Mass, the Cathedral will host a celebration of Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Monday, April 1, 2019.  Because of the limited seating and the number of guests from out of town, both the Vespers and the Installation Mass will be ticketed events by invitation only.  Bishop Talley plans a series of visits to parishes throughout the diocese in the first few months of his tenure in order to meet as many people as possible.  A full schedule of these events will be released soon.

To accommodate these special celebrations, regularly scheduled activities at the Cathedral for the evening of Monday, April 1 and for all of Tuesday, April 2 have been cancelled. 

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School will not be in session on April 2.  Thank you for your understanding. 

We will be looking for volunteers to help us set up, clean up and serve as hosts for the celebrations. Please watch for opportunities to serve.


Posted by June LaPorta at 3:21 PM