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Medley Ordained Bishop of Owensboro

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has a new bishop.

Father William Francis Medley became the fourth Bishop of the Owensboro diocese during a nearly three-hour hour ceremony Wednesday at the sports arena in the western Kentucky city. The rite of ordination was led by Louisville ArchbishopJoseph Kurtz.

The 57 year old Medley has had a variety of assignments in the Louisville area since his ordination to the priesthood in 1982. As bishop, he will oversee a diocese that includes 79 parishes, 19 schools and a hospital.

He says its a calling he embraces enthusiastically.

“In the coming weeks and months, I must become a good listener, a good student,” he said. “One who receives and teachesd in union with Pope Benedict and the College of Bishops, but also that I listen and learn from you.”

Medley succeeds Bishop John McRaith, who is retiring.                  

(Images from of Diocese of Owensboro)

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Medley To Become Bishop Of Owensboro Diocese

Pope Benedict has appointed a new bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro.

Father William Medley will be ordained as the fourth bishop of the western Kentucky diocese in February.

The 57 year old Medley is a familiar figure in the Louisville area, where he has been pastor of several parishes and served in other capacities.

He says he’s humbled by the appointment. Father William Medley

“Throughout my life, I have known and admired so many priests more worthy and more capable than I. But with profound trust I know that God, in time, will reveal to me and I hope to you why i have been chosen,” he said during a Tuesday press conference in Owensboro.

The Diocese of Owensboro has more than 51,000 members, and includes 79 parishes, 19 schools (among them Brescia University) and a hospital.

Medley succeeds Bishop John McRaith, who is retiring.

You can see video of Bishop-elect Medley’s introduction and press conference here.

(Photo courtesy of Diocese of Owensboro)