Michael Gerard Duca, a native of Dallas, Texas, was ordained a priest on April 29, 1978 for the Diocese of Dallas. On December 20, 2004, the Prelate of Honor was conferred to him by His Holiness John Paul II of the Title of Reverend Monsignor. He was called to the order of bishop on April 1, 2008, for service in North Louisiana. On May 19, 2008, he was ordained and installed as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport.
Bishop Duca attended Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas from 1970 to 1978 and also studied in Rome from 1994 to 1996 at the University of St. Thomas Angelicum where he received his License in Canon Law.
During his active ministry as priest and prior to his appointment as diocesan bishop, Bishop Duca served in many different parishes in the Dallas area, including: All Saints Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Luke Catholic Church. He also previously served the Diocese of Dallas as Vocations Director, member of the Personnel Board, Campus Minister at Southern Methodist University, member of the Presbyteral Council, member of the College of Consultors, and Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests. From 1996 to 2008, he served as Rector at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas.
Bishop Duca previously served for two years as President of the National Association of College Seminaries.
Bishop Duca presently serves as a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and immediate past President of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference. He serves as a trustee to Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans and St. Joseph Seminary, Covington, LA and is a member of the St. Francis Medical Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree.
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