Save the Date for our two Anniversary Masses recognizing the start of Catholic Diocese of Memphis.


There are many more exciting celebrations of our 50th Anniversary in the months ahead. Our next Golden Jubilee event is at the end of May with two Anniversary Masses recognizing the start of Catholic Diocese of Memphis. The Masses will take place on:


  • Wednesday evening, May 26, at the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception in Memphis, Tenn., at 7:00pm
  • Thursday evening, May 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Jackson, Tenn., at 7:00pm.


Celebrant, Homilist, Concelebrants

Bishop David Talley is the Celebrant, Bishop Emeritus Terry Steib is the Homilist and many of the Priests of the Memphis Diocese will be Concelebrating each 50th Anniversary Mass.


History, Celebration, Significance

The creation of our Memphis Diocese was solemnized 50 years ago on a Wednesday, January 6, 1971, 5:00pm, at the former Mid-South Coliseum. The event was historic and well attended by nearly 9,000 people from West Tennessee and clergy from all over the United States. The plan was to have our 50th Anniversary Masses in early January 2021, but due to COVID restrictions we decided to celebrate the significant 50 year event in late May 2021.


Safety, Attendance, Streaming

Both 50th Anniversary Masses are open to the public. We ask that all health and safety requirements be followed at each Parish. For those unable to attend in person, you will be able to watch the Masses via “live” stream on our Diocese’s Facebook, YouTube or Website (see below). The “live” feed will not start until five minutes before the event begin. A Worship Aid will be available for each Mass.




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