To Everything, there is a Season
It’s not certain when, but in the coming months, the Catholic community in Baton Rouge will welcome a new bishop and say goodbye to the beloved Bishop Robert W. Muench. In December, the Bishop announced his plans to retire after 15 years in his current role.
According to Canon Law, bishops must submit their resignation to the Pope when they turn 75. Bishop Muench celebrated his 75th birthday on December 28. Only when he receives a reply from Pope Francis will his resignation become effective, and it’s impossible to predict how long the process will take.
In an article published in The Catholic Commentator, Bishop Muench said his years as bishop have constituted “the richest blessings of ministry I have ever received.” And he added that it will not be sad or difficult to move on. “There is an appointed time for everything under the heavens,” he said. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
The bishop was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was raised in New Orleans. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1968. His career has included roles as religion teacher, guidance counselor, liturgy director, school chaplain, associate and co-pastor, vocations director, assistant to the Archbishop, Vicar General, Auxiliary Bishop, and Bishop.