WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Martin D. Holley, 61, as bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, and accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Terry Steib, 76, from the pastoral governance of that diocese. Bishop Holley has served as an auxiliary bishop of Washington for the last 12 years.The appointment was publicized in Washington, August 23, by Msgr. Walter Erbì, chargé d' affaires of the nunciature of the United States. Martin D. Holley was born on December 31, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1977. He studied theology at the Catholic University of America and completed his seminary studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he earned a master of divinity degree in 1987. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on May 8, 1987.Assignments after ordination included, parochial vicar and administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; parochial vicar of St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola, 1992; administrator of Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola, 2000, and pastor in 2002. He also served on the Council of Priests, as a tribunal advocate, spiritual director of the Serra Club of West Florida, and spiritual director and instructor for the permanent diaconate program. He served on the Diocesan Commission for Catholic Schools from 1992-1998 and was director of the Department of Ethnic Concerns from 1993-1995. Bishop Holley was appointed auxiliary bishop of Washington on May 18, 2004, and was ordained a bishop on July 2, 2004. He serves as vicar general for the Archdiocese of Washington and is a member of the archdiocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Seminarian Review Board, Administrative Board, and chairman of the College of Deans. Bishop J. Terry Steib was born on May 17, 1940, Vacherie, Louisiana. He was ordained a priest on January 6, 1967. On December 6, 1983, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and ordained a bishop on February 10, 1984. He was appointed bishop of Memphis on March 23, 1993 and was installed on May 5, 1993. The Diocese of Memphis comprises 10,682 square miles in the state of Tennessee. It has a total population of 1,570,077 people of which 65,152 or 4 percent, are Catholic.---# # #MEDIA CONTACT:Norma Montenegro Flynn O: 202-541-3202
WASHINGTON—The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country. This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in the 2016 Labor Day statement.In the statement, Archbishop Wenski draws attention to Pope Francis' recent address to the U.S. Congress, in which he highlighted the connection between economic pressures and stresses on the family. Archbishop Wenski in particular laments the struggles of those in communities with elevated rates of poverty, substance abuse, and the dissolution of the family. "The Church weeps with all of these families, with these children, whose homes and worlds are broken," Archbishop Wenski said. While the United States is undergoing a difficult time with political tensions, fear, and anxiety, Archbishop Wenski challenges people to respond with faith and action. "For our dynamics to change, we must replace fear with a fuller vision that can be powerfully supported by our faith…the Church's history is filled with communities that took seriously the call to be their 'brother's keeper' (Gen. 4:9), faced challenges together, and lifted up the 'cry of the poor' (Psalm 34:7)." To those who are experiencing isolation and feel left behind in today's economy, Archbishop Wenski offers assurance of the Church's solidarity. He said, "For those who feel left behind today, know that the Church wants to walk with you, in the company of the God who formed your 'inmost being' and who knows that you are 'wonderfully made.' (Psalm 139:13-14)." The full text of the 2015 Labor Day statement is available online. English: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/labor-day-statement-2016.cfmSpanish: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/declaracion-del-dia-del-trabajo-2016.cfm ---Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, U.S. bishops, Labor Day, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Pope Francis, poverty, substance abuse, economic challenges, families, childrenMEDIA CONTACT:Norma Montenegro FlynnO: 202-541-3202
(Vatican Radio) The Bishops Conference of Poland has released the text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to thank the country for the reception he received last month during World Youth Day .
In the letter, Pope Francis told the Church in Poland he was “deeply moved by your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies, and by your fervent love, which animates your human and Christian pilgrimage.”
The full text of the letter is below
Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki
Archbishop of Poznan
President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference
Having returned from the Apostolic Journey to Poland, I want to renew the expression of my lively gratitude to you, Bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful, for your warm welcome and for the zeal with which my visit was prepared. I am deeply moved by your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies, and by your fervent love, which animates your human and Christian pilgrimage.
The memory of the moving Eucharistic celebration at the Shrine of Czestochowa, for the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, and the moment of prayer in the concentration camp at Auschwitz is especially dear to me. I find great joy in remembering the encounter with the young people who came from different nations.
I assure you of my prayers so that the Church in Poland may continue advancing on its path with perseverance and courage, showing the Lord’s merciful love to all. Please, also pray for me. I heartily bless you all.
With fraternal greetings
Vatican City, 3 August 2016.
(from Vatican Radio)...