The Pope has appointed Angelicum alumnus as bishop of Baton Rouge (U.S.A.)
The Pope has appointed as bishop of Baton Rouge, United States of America, H.E. Msgr. Michael Gerard Duke, currently bishop of Shreveport.
H.E. Msgr. Michael Gerard Duke was born on 5 June 1952 in Dallas, in the diocese of the same name. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving (1970-1978). He subsequently he obtained a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (1994-1996).
He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Dallas on 29 April 1978.
Since ordination, he has served as deputy pastor of the All Saints Parish in Dallas (1978-1981), of the Saint Patrick Parish in Dallas (1981-1984) and later of the Saint Luke Parish in Irving (1984-1985). He was the chaplain for Catholic students at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas (1985-1993), diocesan director of vocations (1985-1992) and rector of the Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving (1996-2008).
In 2008 he was appointed as bishop of Shreveport.