Pope Francis 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.