Pastor at St. Joseph Cathedral leaving post after Sunday Mass


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Rev. Paul D. Counce has spent around half of his life at St. Joseph Cathedral including the last 12 years as pastor.

At age 68, Rev. Counce is preparing for his last homily on Sunday, June 27.

After the 10:30 a.m. service, church dignitaries are expected to give remarks at a reception inside St. Joseph Cathedral’s Parish Hall.

These members of the church are expected to deliver remarks:

  • Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge
  • Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench
  • Victor Weston and Barbara Carey, members of the parish’s Development Group

“About half of my adult life has been in this wonderful cathedral environment,” Fr. Counce has said. “That began as a student at the Cathedral Prep minor seminary school which had started a block from the cathedral church. I was a priest “in residence” during the pastorates of Frs. Frank M. Uter and Gerard F. Young and, in July of 2009, became pastor of this diocesan cathedral and parish community.”

After leaving his post as pastor, Fr. Counce will pickup duties that he has held for 32 years.

On July 1, Fr. Counce is going to return to his role as diocesan judicial vicar on a full-time basis.

If you would like to view Fr. Paul Counce’s final homily, visit Catholiclife Television on Sunday morning.

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