Distinguished Alumnus: Shreveport Bishops Ministry Began Among Young Adults

Distinguished Alumnus: Shreveport Bishops Ministry Began Among Young Adults

Join the UD community in honoring Bishop Michael Duca BA '74 M.Div. '78 at the Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets are available now.

Distinguished Alumnus Bishop Michael Duca has dedicated his life to making the Gospel accessible to others, especially through his ministry to young adults. Prior to answering Pope Benedict XVI's call to lead the Shreveport diocese, he was rector of nearby Holy Trinity Seminary (HTS), which he attended from 1970-78. During his time there, he earned bachelor's and master of divinity degrees from the university in 1974 and 1978.

Duca's early years as a priest were spent ministering to college-aged students, as vocations director for the Diocese of Dallas and a campus minister at Southern Methodist University, before serving for 12 years at HTS.

Although his priesthood has been characterized by ministry to college-aged young adults, Duca was never too busy to help out in other areas of the Church and his skills as a homilist have been recognized widely.

"During his busy tenure at Holy Trinity Seminary, Bishop Duca heard confessions at other parishes, visited grade schools and, last but not least, he donated his sausage-making skills to many Catholic auction benefits," said National Alumni Board member Teresa Israel SOM '11, who has known Bishop Duca for more than 10 years.

In his five years as bishop, Duca has led a flock of nearly 40,000 Catholics in northern Louisiana, serving as a trustee to Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans) and St. Joseph Seminary (Covington, La) and a member of the St. Francis Medical Center Board of Directors.

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