On November 17, 1981, Stafford was appointed the second Bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, by Pope John Paul II.  He was installed on January 17, 1982.  

During his tenure, he revised the structure of the Pastoral Office, improved the fiscal conditions of the diocese, and concentrated on the evangelization of African Americans.

In addition to his duties in Memphis, he was chairman of the USCCB Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (1984–1991) and co-president of the Dialogue between Roman Catholics and Lutherans (1984–1997)


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