Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis (Latin: Dioecesis Memphitana in Tennesia) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Tennessee. It was founded on June 20, 1970, when Pope Paul VI removed the counties in the state west of the Tennessee River from the Diocese of Nashville, which, prior to that time, encompassed the entire state.[1]

Diocese of Memphis

Dioecesis Memphitana
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Memphis
Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
TerritoryWest Tennessee
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of Louisville
MetropolitanMemphis, Tennessee
- Catholics

65,779 (4.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJune 20, 1970
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev. David Talley
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Edward Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
Bishops emeritusJ. Terry Steib
Martin Holley
Diocese of Memphis map.PNG

The diocese is broken into two deaneries, the Memphis Deanery comprising Shelby County and the Jackson Deanery which encompassed the other 20 counties in the diocese. Currently, there are 28 parishes in the Memphis Deanery, 14 parishes and 5 missions in the Jackson Deanery.


Bishops of MemphisEdit

The following is a list of Ordinaries (Bishops of the Diocese) of Memphis, along with their dates of service:

(Joseph Edward Kurtz was apostolic administrator, 2018-2019.)

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit


There is one Catholic University within the geographic boundaries of the Diocese:

There are a total of 28 primary and secondary schools with a total of more than 8000 students. The High Schools include:

* Operates independently and with the blessing of the Bishop.

Closed schoolsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Diocese of Memphis". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.


Coat of arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis
This Coat of Arms was designed and adopted on the occasion of the installation of Bishop Martin David Holley.
The arms of the diocese are composed of a red field with white and blue accents. The principal charge is a silver cross of a Coptic Christian style. Blue wavy bars are present on the upper division of the shield. The small mountains are present in the lower part.
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Memphis has a red field with six small hills in silver (white) at the bottom, from the arms of Pope Paul VI, who established the diocese. At the top of the shield, two wavy blue bands on a “chief” of silver represent the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers, the western and eastern (respectively) geographical borders of the diocese. A silver cross of the style used by Christians in the land of the Diocese’s namesake city of Memphis in Egypt, links brothers and sisters in the faith of both regions to each other, and to the Church worldwide in the time of the new evangelization.

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Coordinates: 35°07′03″N 89°58′16″W / 35.11750°N 89.97111°W / 35.11750; -89.97111