September 15, 2019

St. Francis to Welcome New Parochial Administrator, Senior Priest

Effective July 1st, St. Francis of Assisi parish welcomed Father Carl Jude Hood as its new Parochial Administrator and Father Johnnie Smith as a Senior Priest assigned to the parish.  Father Hood was previously pastor of St. Therese the Little Flower parish in North Memphis for the past 11 years.  He is a native Memphian and attended St. Joseph School and Bishop Byrne High School.  Father Smith had been pastor of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Whitehaven.  He has retired from administrative work and has been granted Senior Priest status.  He will be assisting in the sacramental and pastoral work of the parish.  Father Rob Ballman will remain at St. Francis as Parochial Vicar.

Also effective July 1st, Father Mauricio Abeldaño  became the new Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Church in Humboldt and St. Matthew Mission in Milan.  Congratulations to Father Abeldaño on his first opportunity to lead a parish.  Father Robert Marshall has been appointed Parochial Administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish.

It is anticipated that this fall His Excellency, the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, will travel to each parish to install Parochial Administrators as pastors.