The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes Bishop Talley and Bishop Emeritus Steib, shared the following news from Pope Francis on the retirement of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, and the Holy Father appointing Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux as the successor.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Louisville, and has appointed Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux as his successor.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 2022, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Archdiocese of Louisville is comprised of 8,124 square miles in the commonwealth of Kentucky and has a total population of 1,396,298 of which 155,998 are Catholic.

Our Memphis Diocese is part of the overall Province of Louisville, which encompasses the states of Kentucky, with four Dioceses, and our state of Tennessee, with three Dioceses.

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