CLSA Member Named Bishop of Shreveport
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Posted by: Diocese of Shreveport
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.