NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Kentucky priest has been installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville.

The Tennessean reports the Rev. J. Mark Spalding took his new role during a ceremony Friday at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Nashville.

The Nashville Diocese covers 38 counties in Middle Tennessee and includes about 76,000 registered Catholics.

Spalding is a native of Fredericktown, Kentucky. He was ordained in 1991 and has served in a number of roles in the Archdiocese of Louisville, including vicar general.

Former Nashville Bishop David Choby died on June 3.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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