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CLSA Member Named Bishop of Shreveport

Tuesday, April 1, 2008  
Posted by: Diocese of Shreveport
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Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Michael Gerard Duca, J.C.L., a presbyter of the Diocese of Dallas and until now Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, to be the Second Bishop of Shreveport.

Bishop-elect Duca, 55, is a native of Dallas, attending Catholic elementary and high schools in that city. His priestly formation took place at Holy Trinity Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1978, and later earned the licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America.

His ecclesiastical service includes postings as parochial vicar at All Saints and St. Patrick Parishes in Dallas, and St. Luke Parish in Irving. He was named diocesan Vocations Director in 1985, when he also became chaplain at the Southern Methodist University Catholic student center in Dallas. He was named Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in 1996. He has been a member of the diocesan College of Consultors, as well as its Presbyteral Council and Priests' Personnel Board.

Congratulations are in order for the Bishop-elect, and indeed also extend to the community of the Christian faithful of the Diocese of Shreveport, which has been vacant since the retirement of its first shepherd, Bishop William Friend, in 2006.

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