Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis

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Diocese of Memphis
Dioecesis Memphitana
Diocese of Memphis Coat of Arms.png
Country United States
Territory West Tennessee
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Louisville
Metropolitan Memphis, Tennessee
- Catholics

65,779 (4.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established June 20, 1970
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Martin David Holley
Bishop of Memphis
Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
Diocese of Memphis map.PNG

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.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

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

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop[edit]

  • James Peter Sartain appointed Bishop of Little Rock in 2000 and is currently serving as Archbishop of Seattle.


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 schools[edit]

See also[edit]


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


External links[edit]

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