Ronald Paul Herzog

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Ronald Paul Herzog
Bishop Emeritus of Alexandria
Archdiocese New Orleans
Diocese Alexandria
Appointed November 4, 2004
Installed January 5, 2005
Term ended February 2, 2017
Predecessor Sam Jacobs
Successor David Talley
Ordination June 1, 1968
Consecration January 5, 2005
by Alfred Clifton Hughes, Thomas John Rodi, and Robert William Muench
Personal details
Born (1942-04-22) April 22, 1942 (age 75)
Akron, Ohio
Styles of
Ronald Paul Herzog
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Ronald Paul Herzog (born April 22, 1942) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Bishop of Alexandria in central Louisiana from 2005 to 2017.


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, Miss., 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 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."

On September 21, 2016, Pope Francis named David Talley, auxiliary bishop of Atlanta, as Bishop Coadjutor of Alexandria,. Herzog retired and Talley succeeded him as Bishop of Alexandria on February 2, 2017.[1]

He is the 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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  1. ^ "Louisiana Bishop Herzog retires; Coadjutor Bishop Talley succeeds him". Catholic News Service. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sam Jacobs
Bishop of Alexandria
Succeeded by
David Talley