Rev. Martin D. Holley to be Ordained Catholic Bishop on July 2

July 01, 2004

Rev. Martin D. Holley, 49, will be ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington:

Friday, July 2, 2004
Procession: 1:45 p.m./Mass: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC

One of 14 children, a native of the Pensacola, Florida area and a priest for 17 years, Bishop-elect Holley was serving as pastor of Little Flower, a 1,000-family parish in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee when Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Washington. Once ordained a bishop, he will assist Cardinal McCarrick in leadership of the 560,000 Catholics in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties, and will serve as Episcopal Vicar, or the Cardinal’s representative, for the District of Columbia. His full biography is online at

During the Mass of Ordination, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will ordain Bishop-elect Holley in an ancient rite that includes a third century prayer of ordination and anointing his head with special oil, while Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio, will read the letter of appointment from Pope John Paul II. Kelvin Robinson, chief of staff for Mayor Anthony A. Williams, will read a proclamation naming July 2, 2004 as Bishop Martin David Holley Day in the District of Columbia. Three cardinals and 29 bishops from around the nation are expected to attend, as will hundreds of family, friends and clergy.

Bishop Holley will celebrate his first Mass as a bishop on Saturday, July 3, 4:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 15th and V Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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