OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Thousands of Roman Catholics from across Kentucky came to the Sportscenter to see the ordination of William Medley as Owensboro's fourth bishop.
The Sportscenter was filled an hour before the ceremony started.
"That speaks well of the Catholic tradition of this church and the leadership of the lay people, the religious, the priests and the bishop who have built up a church that want to come together and pray on an event like this," Bishop Medley said.
"Despite the inclement weather, we have an incredible turnout," Father Michael Clark said. "Right now we are about an hour away from the ceremony, the Sportscenter is filling, the surrounding parking spaces are gone."
14 News got to speak to the new bishop minutes before his ordination.
"They're going to lead me hand by hand through everything I have to do," Bishop Medley said. "I'm well-prepared and I'm going to try and relax and pray and enjoy it."
Asked what his first order of business will be as the new bishop, Medley said he's going to stick to the basics.
"My first obligation is preaching, to preach the word of God, so I feel like if I do that and do that well and do that studiously, all the other responsibilities will fall in place," Bishop Medley said.
Medley replaces Bishop John McRaith, who retired after being Owensboro's bishop for 27 years.
The Diocese of Owensboro includes 65,000 people in 32 counties across Western Kentucky.
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