Dear Diocesan Family,

Please join Bishop David P. Talley, Father David Graham and our Catholic Diocese of Memphis in praying for the repose of the soul of Father Richard Cortese who passed away during the evening hours of Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.

Father Cortese loved serving the people of our Diocese and, most recently, the people at St. Mary-Jackson, St. John-Brownsville and Our Lady of Guadalupe-Bells. He will be missed. May perpetual light shine gently upon him. Please pray for peace and strength for all his family and friends that are suffering through his loss.

Further information on Fr. Cortese, along with funeral arrangements here in Memphis, will be forthcoming.

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