Discover the Diocese of Alexandria

The Diocese of Alexandria is the Roman Catholic diocese for central Louisiana, based inAlexandria, with its see at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. It encompasses the parishes, or counties, of Avoyelles, Rapides, Vernon, Natchitoches, Winn, Caldwell, Madison, Franklin, Tensas, Concordia, Cathoula, Lasalle, and Grant.

The current Bishop of the Diocese is Ronald Paul Herzog, who was appointed to office on November 4, 2004 and formally installed on January 5, 2005. Prior to becoming Bishop, he had been a priest of the Biloxi, Mississippi diocese since 1977.

Sam Jacobs was Bishop from July 1, 1989 to August 1, 2003. In August 2003, he became the Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana and from that date until November 2004, the diocese did not have a resident Bishop but was led by Bishop William Benedict Friend of the Diocese of Shreveport, who served as the Apostolic Administrator for the diocese.

The corporate title of the diocese is The Diocese of Alexandria. The Latin title of the diocese is Dioecesis Alexandrina in Louisiana.


The diocese was founded in 1853 as the Diocese of Natchitoches (Natchitochensis) and the first Bishop of was Augustus Marie Martin.

In 1910, the name of the Diocese changed to the Diocese of Alexandria (Alexandrinus).

In 1976, the name of the Diocese changed again to the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport (Alexandrinus-Shreveportuensis). It was known by this name until the summer of 1986, when the northern Louisiana portion of the territory was separated to form the new Diocese of Shreveport. Once again, the diocese was known as the Diocese of Alexandria.

Ordinaries of the Diocese

High schools


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