Former Memphis pastor appointed as Bishop of Catholic Diocese, official says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphian and Christian Brothers University graduate has been appointed as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana today.

Reverend Robert W. Marshall, Jr., 60, was appointed by His Holiness Pope Frances as the 13th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria, with installation at a later date to be announced, according to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

Bishop-elect Marshall is the son of the late Robert W. and Margaret Anne Martin Marshall. He has one brother.

Bishop-elect Marshall attended St. Michael School, Christian Brothers High School and Christian Brothers University.

He obtained his law degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and practiced law for 12 years in St. Louis, Mo., and in Memphis, according to the press release.

Bishop-elect Marshall studied at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, La., and received a Master of Divinity degree in 2000. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2000, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis by the Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, S.V.D.

From the press release:

Bishop-elect Marshall has served as the Associate Pastor of the Church of the Incarnation, Collierville, Tenn. (2000-2002), and as the Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Humboldt, Tenn., and St. Matthew Church, Milan, Tenn. (2002-2004); the Church of the Ascension, Memphis (2004-2012); St. Francis of Assisi Church, Cordova, Tenn. (2012-2017) and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis (2017-Present).

In addition to his work in parishes, Bishop-elect Marshall has also served as a Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Steib, a member of the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, the Priest Personnel Committee, the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Committee and the Catholic Annual Appeal Steering Committee.

Bishop-elect Marshall was the delegate of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis for five months. He currently serves Bishop David P. Talley and the Diocese of Memphis as Vicar General.