At the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4, His Excellency Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, along with Reverend Monsignor Clement J. Machado, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia and Chancellor of the Diocese, installed Father John Hourican as Pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Memphis. The celebrations started with the entrance procession, saluted by an Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus, followed by Holy Mass. Bishop Holley celebrated the Mass, with concelebrants including; Father Hourican; and Holy Spirit's Parochial Vicar Father Carlos Donato. The Holy Spirit Choir presented beautiful music honoring the occasion.
After the second reading, Bishop Holley welcomed Father Hourican as the new Pastor. In his Homily, Bishop Holley used the readings of the Holy Mass to speak on the “Mother of all Sins” – Pride – and its necessary antidote – Humility. He emphasized that true humility comes from within, but a clever outer shell can disguise an inward Pride, just as the shell of an oyster can be hollow or contain a pearl of great worth. The true value of a person or an oyster can be determined only by inspection.
Following the Homily, Bishop Holley, assisted by Monsignor Machado, conducted the formal installation. Monsignor Machado administered the Oath as a part of the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity for Father Hourican. The celebration was finalized with the completion of canonical documents, including the signatures of Bishop Holley, Vicar General Monsignor Machado and Father Hourican and stamped with the official Diocesan Seal. Monsignor Machado proclaimed important portions of Bishop Holley’s Decree appointment including Father Hourican’s mandate as Pastor for a term of six years.
A reception was held immediately after Mass in the Parish Conference Room. Several dignitaries were in attendance, with 122 well-wishing parishioners. All enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, cake and beverages.
It was an altogether festive evening honoring our new pastor. Congratulations, Father Hourican!