Florida Pastor Named Auxiliary of Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has appointed Father Martin Holley, a pastor from Pensacola, Florida, as auxiliary bishop of Washington.

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At the same time the Pope accepted the resignation of Washington Auxiliary Bishop Leonard Olivier, who turned 80 last October.

Martin Holley was born on Dec. 31, 1954, in Pensacola. He attended Alabama State University, in Montgomery, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, specializing in administration. From 1977 to 1982 he worked in the diocesan chancery in Pensacola-Tallahassee.

He studied theology at the Catholic University of America and at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Florida, where he earned a master of divinity degree. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in May 1987.

Among his pastoral duties, Father Holley has been spiritual director of the Serra Club of West Florida. He has held the same post with the permanent-diaconate formation program.

Bishop-designate Holley has been pastor of Little Flower Parish, Pensacola, since 2000. He has also been adjunct director of vocations.

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