New coadjutor bishop of Alexandria, La., named

The Vatican announced Sept. 21 that the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, will receive a new coadjutor bishop in the person of Bishop David P. Talley, who had been serving as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

According to a statement by the Diocese of Alexandria, the announcement was made this morning at the St. Joseph Catholic Center in Alexandria by Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, 74, who has been Alexandria bishop since 2005.

"I'm happy, I'm excited to be here in the Diocese of Alexandria," Bishop Talley told priests at the gathering. "I pray that I will be the bishop that I need to be for this diocese."

In a statement, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said that the pope has given the people of the Diocese of Alexandria a “tremendous pastoral gift.”

"Bishop Talley is a servant minister of our Church, who is graced with extraordinary wisdom, patience, kindness, and dedication," he said. "He developed those gifts as priest and bishop here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, where he always cared for our people as a true minister of mercy and kindness.

Bishop Talley was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1989 and a bishop in 2013. As coadjutor of the Diocese of Alexandria, he will automatically become the ordinary of that diocese upon the death or retirement of the current bishop.

According to a press release by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the appointment was publicized in Washington on Wednesday by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

David P. Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia on Sept. 11, 1950. He studied at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1989. He studied at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a doctorate in canon law in 1998. In 2001, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor.

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Talley served at multiple parishes as parochial vicar, administrator and pastor. He also has served in other assigned appointments including director of vocations, tribunal judge, judicial vicar, chancellor, archdiocesan Hispanic ministry board and on the advisory board for the archdiocese representing priests.

Bishop Talley was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta, Jan. 3, 2013 and was ordained a bishop on April 2, 2013.