Pope Francis names the sixth Bishop of Baton Rouge

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The current Bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport has been appointed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge said Pope Francis appointed Bishop Michael Gerard Duca to follow Bishop Robert W. Muench.

Bishop Duca has served as the Bishop of Shreveport for over ten years. 

Bishop Muench has served as Bishop of Baton Rouge since 2002 and according to the Diocese, “Bishop Muench celebrated his 75th birthday on December 28, 2017, and pursuant to Canon Law
(the law of the Catholic Church), submitted his resignation to the Holy Father on that date.”

This announcement was made official at a 10 a.m. news conference in the Westerfield Center of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center on Acadian Thruway.

Bishop Michael Gerard Duca and Bishop Robert W. Muench attended this morning’s news conference together. 

Bishop Muench had this to say about Bishop Duca’s appointment:

“With gratitude to God and to Pope Francis, and with open hearts and open arms we welcome
the appointment of Bishop Michael Duca, current Bishop of Shreveport, to be the Bishop-designate
of Baton Rouge. By nature, person, character, disposition, education and experience,
Bishop Duca is eminently qualified for this position as one who radiates the love and joy of
Jesus Christ. He brings unique skills, training and expertise in areas of theology, spirituality,
canon law, psychology, seminary and vocations ministry, health care, ecumenism and
administration. We look forward to the celebration of his installation on Friday, August 24,
2018, the Feast of St. Bartholomew, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge. I extend
my deepest congratulations to Bishop Duca and assure him of my personal support of him and
to his anticipated ministry to the Church in and of Baton Rouge.”

The Diocese of Baton Rouge said, “Bishop-designate Duca is tentatively scheduled to be installed as the sixth Bishop of Baton Rouge on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral.”

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