WASHINGTON (CNS) – Just over four months after Pope Francis forced Bishop Martin D. Holley to step down as bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, he appointed Bishop David P. Talley of Alexandria to lead the diocese.   

Bishop Talley’s appointment was announced March 5 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.  

The archbishop also announced Pope Francis’ decisions to accept the resignation of 75-year-old Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of Fresno, California, and appoint Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Joseph V. Brennan to succeed him. In addition, Pope Francis appointed Philippines-born Msgr. Alejandro D. Aclan to be an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  

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 Bishop David Talley wears a University of Memphis hat March 5 as he is introduced as the Bishop of Memphis at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Memphis. He will be installed April 2. </span id=”0″>CNS photo 


Bishop Talley, 68, a former auxiliary bishop of Atlanta, was named coadjutor of the Diocese of Alexandria in 2016 and succeeded Bishop Ronald P. Herzog when he retired in 2017. Bishop Talley will be installed as the sixth bishop of Memphis April 2.  

“It is with deep joy that I join the faithful of the Diocese of Memphis in welcoming Bishop Talley,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, who is apostolic administrator of the diocese. He brings “a wealth of experience” as pastor and bishop, and “most importantly, he brings the heart of a pastor and a sterling reputation as a good shepherd,” the archbishop said in a statement.  

He is “devoted to Jesus Christ and his church, deeply concerned for those he serves, humble and wise,” Archbishop Kurtz added.  

Born Sept. 11, 1950, in Columbus, Georgia, David Prescott Talley was raised a Southern Baptist but became a Catholic while a student at Auburn University. He was received into the church when he was 24 and ordained a priest of the Atlanta Archdiocese in 1989.  

The Diocese of Memphis comprises 10,682 square miles. Out of a total population of over 1.5 million, about 60,320, or 4 percent, are Catholic.