20 December 2009

Overview: Province of Kentucky and Tennessee

This province is composed of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky along with the suffragan Dioceses of: Covington, Kentucky; Knoxville, Tennessee; Lexington, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; and Owensboro, Kentucky.

Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz (63) is the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Louisville. He celebrated 10 years as a bishop earlier this month.

The Diocese of Covington, Kentucky is led by Bishop Roger Joseph Foys (64). He is at an age and length of service that will likely make him a candidate for other posts.

The Diocese of Knoxville has Bishop Richard Frank Stika (52) as its leader. In about a year from now he'll be celebrating 25 years as a priest.

Bishop Ronald William Gainer (62) is the Bishop of Lexington. His length of service and age also make him a possible candidate for other posts.

The Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee is headed by Bishop James Terry Steib, S.V.D. (69). He celebrated 25 years as a bishop last February.

Bishop David Raymond Choby (62) is serving as Bishop of Nashville.

The Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky is to led by Bishop William Francis Medley (57). His ordination is scheduled for February.

Overall this province is not likely to see many changes in the coming year. However, there are a couple of bishops that are likely to be candidates for other posts.
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