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Ronald Paul Herzog (April 22, 1942 – April 12, 2019) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Bishop of Alexandria in central Louisiana from 2005 to 2017.

Ronald Paul Herzog
Bishop of Alexandria
ArchdioceseNew Orleans
AppointedNovember 4, 2004
InstalledJanuary 5, 2005
Term endedFebruary 2, 2017
PredecessorSam Jacobs
SuccessorDavid Talley
OrdinationJune 1, 1968
ConsecrationJanuary 5, 2005
by Alfred Clifton Hughes, Thomas John Rodi, and Robert William Muench
Personal details
Born(1942-04-22)April 22, 1942
Akron, Ohio
DiedApril 12, 2019(2019-04-12) (aged 76)
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Ronald Paul Herzog
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop



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, Mississippi, 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 was the Catholic Chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he was 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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