Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Monsignor Francis Malone as bishop-elect of Shreveport.
Monsignor Malone is a priest of the Diocese of Little Rock and currently serves as chancellor for Ecclesial Affairs and pastor of Christ the King Church in Little Rock. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Malone was born September 1, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock on May 21, 1977. He holds a bachelor of arts in history (1973), and masters in divinity (1977), and education (1977) from University of Dallas, TX, and a licentiate of canon law (J.C.L.) from The Catholic University of America (1989).
Assignments after ordination include associate pastor, St. Michael Church, West Memphis and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Crawfordville (1977-1980); associate pastor, Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Little Rock and pastor, Holy Cross Church, Sheridan (1980-1981).
Bishop-elect Malone has also served as associate pastor St. Patrick Church, North Little Rock (1981-1983); associate pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rogers and priest in charge, St. John Church, Huntsville (1983-1984); associate pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, North Little Rock (1984-1985). He also served as pastor, St. Mary of the Mount Church, Horseshoe Bend and St. Michael Church, Cherokee Village (1985-1987); rector, Cathedral of St. Andrew, Little Rock (1989-1996); pastor, Immaculate Conception Church, North Little Rock and St. Anne Church, North Little Rock (1996-2001); and pastor, Christ the King Church, Little Rock (2001-Present).
Bishop-elect Malone has received the following ecclesial honors: Prelate of Honor with title of monsignor (1998), Knight Holy Sepulchre (2002) and Protonotary Apostolic (2010).
The Diocese of Shreveport includes most of North Louisiana with a population of 41,335 Catholics.
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