Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana

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Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana

Dioecesis Alexandrina in Louisiana
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.svg
Country United States of America
TerritoryParishes of Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, Natchitoches, Winn, Caldwell, Madison, Franklin, Tensas, Concordia, Catahoula Parish, Lasalle, Grant
Ecclesiastical provinceArchdiocese of New Orleans
Area28,780 sq mi (74,500 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
44,600 (11.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Francis Xavier
Current leadership
BishopDavid Talley
Metropolitan ArchbishopGregory Michael Aymond
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana) is the Latin suffragan diocese for central Louisiana in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Its cathedral episcopal see is St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, Louisiana. It also has a former Cathedral and Minor Basilica: the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The current Bishop of Alexandria is David Talley.

Statistics and extent[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 42,929 Catholics (11.2% of 383,421 total) on 27,810 km² in 50 parishes with 71 priests (61 diocesan, 10 religious), 19 deacons, 43 lay religious (14 brothers, 29 sisters) and 10 seminarians.[1]

It encompasses the civil parishes (Louisiana counties) of Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, Natchitoches, Winn, Caldwell, Madison, Franklin, Tensas, Concordia, Cathoula, Lasalle and Grant.


The bishopric was established on August 6, 1910 as the Diocese of Alexandria, named after its new see Alexandria, Louisiana, on the territory of the suppressed Diocese of Natchitoches (founded in 1853). The first Bishop of was Augustus Marie Martin.

On October 18, 1976, it was renamed the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport.

On June 16, 1986, when the northern Louisiana portion of the territory was separated to form the new Diocese of Shreveport, the diocese was again renamed the Diocese of Alexandria.[2]



Bishops of Natchitoches[edit]

  1. Augustus Marie Martin (1853-1875)
  2. Francis Xavier Leray (1876-1879), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of New Orleans
  3. Anthony Durier (1884-1904)
  4. Cornelius Van de Ven (1904-1910)

Bishops of Alexandria[edit]

  1. Cornelius Van de Ven (1910-1932)
  2. Daniel Francis Desmond (1932-1945)
  3. Charles Pasquale Greco (1946-1973)
  4. Lawrence Preston Joseph Graves (1973-1976)

Bishops of Alexandria-Shreveport[edit]

  1. Lawrence Preston Joseph Graves (1976-1982)
  2. William Benedict Friend (1982-1986), appointed Bishop of Shreveport

Suffragan Bishops of Alexandria[edit]

  1. John C. Favalora (1986-1989), appointed Bishop of Saint Petersburg and later Archbishop of Miami
  2. Sam G. Jacobs (1989-2003), appointed Bishop of Houma–Thibodaux
  3. Ronald Paul Herzog (2004-2017)
  4. David Talley (2017-present)

Coadjutor Bishops[edit]


St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Rectory in Alexandria

Catholic High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°17′34″N 92°27′33″W / 31.29278°N 92.45917°W / 31.29278; -92.45917