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Most Rev. Martin D. Holley
Titular Bishop of Rusicade and
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC

Most Rev. Martin D. HolleyBishop Martin D. Holley was born on December 31, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida.

Bishop Holley attended Catholic elementary schools; Tate High School, Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette, Alabama; and Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977.

He attended Theological College in Washington, DC from 1982-1984 and completed his seminary studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida in 1987. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on May 8, 1987.

After Ordination, he served as a parochial vicar and then administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. In 1992, he became parochial vicar of St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola and in 2000, administrator of Little Flower Catholic Church in Pensacola, then pastor in 2002. He was ordained a bishop on July 2, 2004 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC.

While in Pensacola, he served on the Council of Priests, including two terms as chairman. He also served as a Tribunal Advocate, spiritual director of the Serra Club of West Florida and spiritual director and instructor for the permanent diaconate program. He served on the Diocesan Commission for Catholic Schools from 1992-1998 and was the director of the Department of Ethnic Concerns from 1993-1995. He has been a member of the Joint Conference of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus since 1983.

He serves on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Holley is a member of the Washington InterFaith Network, International Catholic Foundation for the Service of Deaf People and Catholic Athletes for Christ. Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington, he is a member of the archdiocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Seminarian Review Board, Administrative Board, and is Co-Vicar for the College of Deans.

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