Bishop Robert W. Muench ’60 CJ recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. Over the weekend, a Mass was held for his “Golden Jubilee” at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge with family, friends, and parishioners.
Muench, presently at the age of 75, was first ordained in 1968 in New Orleans. He began his school career at Brother Martin in 1979 serving as a member of the Guidance Dept. He also celebrated Masses and was even on hand to chaperone school dances when he was called to help. In addition, Muench was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans and a Titular Bishop of Mactaris by Pope John Paul II in 1990. In 2002, Muench became the fifth Bishop of Baton Rouge. Prior to serving as Bishop in Baton Rouge, he served as the Bishop of Covington, KY from 1996-2002. During his time in Baton Rouge, he strived to reach out to a young audience in the Catholic Church. In the fall of 2005, he worked together with the Archdiocese of New Orleans serving the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Following his Mass on Sunday, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Muench from the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Most Reverend Michael Gerard Duca of Shreveport, LA will succeed Muench as the sixth Bishop of Baton Rouge.