Bishop Michael Gerard Duca

Bishop Michael Gerard Duca

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Michael Gerard Duca, the current bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Duca will succeed Bishop Robert W. Muench, who is retiring. He'll be installed Aug. 24 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.

Duca has been the bishop of Shreveport since 2008.

Muench, who has been the bishop of Baton Rouge since 2002, celebrated his 75th birthday on Dec. 28, 2017, and submitted his resignation. According to canon law, a bishop is required to submit his resignation upon turning 75, though his retirement comes later at the pope's discretion.

“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,” Muench said in a statement. “He brings unique skills, training and expertise in areas of theology, spirituality, canon law, psychology, seminary and vocations ministry, health care, ecumenism and administration.”

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