Ronald Paul Herzog

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Ronald Paul Herzog (born April 22, 1942) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church serving as the eleventh and current Bishop of Alexandria in central Louisiana.[1]


He was born in Akron, Ohio. A child of a marriage of mixed faiths, his parents were a Lutheran and a Catholic. He studied at St. Joseph Seminary in Covington, Louisiana, and at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1968.

He did pastoral work in the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson, Mississippi, but was later incardinated into the Diocese of Biloxi on March 1, 1977 and served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lumberton, MS and the Saint Joseph Church and Mission in Poplarville, Mississippi. Herzog was director of the diocesan Office of Liturgy from 1980 to 1985. He was later raised to the rank of Monsignor, and became pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Laurel in 1988. He also served as Military Chaplain of the National Guard, holding the rank of Brigadier General.

On November 4, 2004, Herzog was appointed Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana, by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 5, 2005 from Archbishop Alfred Hughes, with Bishops Thomas Rodi and Robert Muench serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto, "One In The Lord."

He is the current Catholic Chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he is a member of the Committee on Divine Worship, Committee on National Collections, and the Subcommittee on Native American Catholics.


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Preceded by
Sam Jacobs
Bishop of Alexandria
Succeeded by