Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis

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Diocese of Memphis
Dioecesis Memphitana
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory West Tennessee
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Louisville
Metropolitan Memphis, Tennessee
Population
- Catholics

65,779 (4.5%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 20, 1970
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop

James Terry Steib

Bishop of Memphis
Metropolitan Archbishop

Joseph Edward Kurtz

Archbishop of Louisville
Map
Diocese of Memphis map.PNG
Website
cdom.org

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]

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.

Ordinaries[edit]

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The following is a list of Bishops who served the Diocese of Memphis, along with their dates of service:

Education[edit]

There are a total of 28 schools with a total of more than 8000 students. The high schools include:

* Operates independent and with blessing of Bishop.

Closed schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee.svg
Notes
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
Adopted
1970
Escutcheon
The arms of the diocese are composed of a red field with white and blue accents. The principal charge, a silver pyramid crowned with the Christian cross. Blue wavy bars are present on the upper division of the shield. The small mountains are present in the lower part.
Symbolism
The colors of the diocesan arms, a red field with white and blue accents, are taken from the State Flag of Tennessee; in heraldry, however, white is always shown as metallic silver. The principal charge, a silver pyramid crowned with the Christian cross, recalls the ancient city of Memphis, the capital of Egypt in the pharaonic age, from which the city takes its name. The cross, the sign of faith, is indicative of the Christianity of modern Memphis. The blue wavy bars on the upper division of the shield symbolize the two rivers that constitute the boundaries of the diocese, the Tennessee and the Mississippi. The small mountain - “montini” in Italian - are a play on the family name of Pope Paul VI, who established the diocese in 1971; they are also reminiscent of the mountains of Tennessee.

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