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
Location
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States of America
Territory Parishes of Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, Natchitoches, Winn, Caldwell, Madison, Franklin, Tensas, Concordia, Catahoula Parish, Lasalle, Grant
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New Orleans
Statistics
Area28,780 sq mi (74,500 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
395,000
44,600 (11.3%)
Parishes50
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established1853
Cathedral St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Patron saint St. Francis Xavier
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond
Map
Diocese of Alexandria.jpg
Website
diocesealex.org

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.

Diocese Christian district or see under the supervision of a bishop

The word diocese is derived from the Greek term dioikesis (διοίκησις) meaning "administration". Today, when used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers to the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

Central Louisiana Region in Louisiana

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An ecclesiastical province is one of the basic forms of jurisdiction in Christian Churches with traditional hierarchical structure, including Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity. In general, an ecclesiastical province consists of several dioceses, one of them being the archdiocese, headed by metropolitan bishop or archbishop who has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over all other bishops of the province.

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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.

Cathedral Christian church, which is seat of a bishop

A cathedral is a church that contains the cathedra of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, or episcopate. The equivalent word in German for such a church is Dom ; see also Duomo in Italian, Dom(kerk) in Dutch, and cognates in many other European languages. Churches with the function of "cathedral" are usually specific to those Christian denominations with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and some Lutheran and Methodist churches. Church buildings embodying the functions of a cathedral first appeared in Italy, Gaul, Spain and North Africa in the 4th century, but cathedrals did not become universal within the Western Catholic Church until the 12th century, by which time they had developed architectural forms, institutional structures and legal identities distinct from parish churches, monastic churches and episcopal residences.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (Alexandria, Louisiana) Church in Louisiana, United States

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria, located in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Alexandria, Louisiana City in Louisiana, United States

Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was 47,723, an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census.

Statistics and extent

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.

History

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.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Natchitoches titular see of the Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Natchitoches was a residential episcopal see of the Catholic Church from 1853 to 1910 and is now a titular see.

Augustus Marie Martin Catholic bishop

Augustus Marie Martin was a French-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Bishop of Natchitoches, Louisiana (1853–1875).

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. [1]

Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport diocese of the Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport is a Roman Catholic diocese covering the parishes of northern Louisiana, and a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Its bishop is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and belongs to Conference Region V. Its mother church is the Cathedral of Saint John Berchmans, in Shreveport.

Bishops

[1]

Bishops of Natchitoches

  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

  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

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

Bishops of Alexandria

  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 (2017-2019)

Coadjutor Bishops

Arms

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Rectory in Alexandria St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Rectory - Alexandria, Louisiana.JPG
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Rectory in Alexandria

Catholic High schools

Holy Savior Menard Central High School

Holy Savior Menard Central High School is the Roman Catholic parochial secondary institution of learning in Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish and the largest city in central Louisiana. The Menard mission statement accents: (1) Faith Development, (2) Academic Excellence, and (3) Service. Menard, operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana, enrolls approximately six hundred students.

St. Joseph Elementary and High School, in Plaucheville, Louisiana, is the only Catholic high school within the civil parish of Avoyelles. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.

St. Mary's High School is a private coeducational Roman Catholic high school in Natchitoches, Louisiana located in the Diocese of Alexandria.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Diocese of Alexandria, USA". GCatholic. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

Coordinates: 31°17′34″N92°27′33″W / 31.29278°N 92.45917°W / 31.29278; -92.45917