His Excellency, Bishop Martin D. Holley, D.D. celebrated the installation of Father Gary Lamb on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Father Lamb was installed as pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Memphis, TN.
When a bishop presides over a Pastor-Elect Installation, the ceremony will begin after the Gospel. The bishop presents the pastoral-elect and invites the parishioners to express their approval.
At the request of the Bishop, the pastor-elect, with his hand on a Bible or the Book of the Gospels, leads the assembly in the Profession of Faith, recites an Oath of Fidelity and signs a Decree of Possession.
One of the beautiful and symbolic reminders from a Mass of Installation is the affirmation of the priest’s and the parish’s connection to both Bishop Holley and our Diocese. With the installation celebrated by our Bishop, this too reflects each priest’s ministry as an extension of Bishop Holley’s role as primary and chief shepherd.
Congratulations, Father Lamb on your pastoral appointment to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.