Bishop Named for Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana, APRIL 1, 2008 ( Benedict XVI named the rector of the Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas, as the second bishop of Shreveport.

Monsignor Michael Gerard Duca of the clergy of the Diocese of Dallas succeeds Bishop William Friend, 76, whose retirement was accepted by Rome in December of 2006. Monsignor Earl Provenza has been serving as apostolic administrator of the Shreveport Diocese since Bishop Friend’s retirement.

Monsignor Duca, 55, is a native of Dallas. He studied at the University of Dallas and the Holy Trinity Seminary, both in Irving, and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas in 1978.

He has served as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary since 1996.

At the announcement of the news, Bishop-elect Duca said “I am humbled and honored by the Pope’s decision to appoint me as Bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport. It is an incredible blessing that I look forward to.”

Established in 1986, The Diocese of Shreveport covers 11,124 square miles in 16 civil parishes and has a current total population of 788,793, of whom approximately 39,425 are Catholic.