Fr. Pacwa was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus and then continued his studies and received his Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University, magna cum laude. At Vanderbilt University, he received his Master of Arts, Ph.D. in Old Testament. Father Pacwa has taught at the high school, university, and seminary levels. Being a well-known biblical scholar, he has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world, and has appeared and hosted international radio and television programs.
Bishop Muench was installed as Bishop of Baton Rouge at historic St. Joseph Cathedral on March 14, 2002. Since assuming the office of bishop in Baton Rouge, Bishop Muench has paid special attention to the Church's ministry to young people. In addition to his presiding over the celebrations of the sacrament of confirmation whenever possible, he has reorganized and appointed chaplains at all eight Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He serves on the Board of Trustees of both Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana. He has met monthly with the Presbyteral Council, and attends as many functions throughout the diocese as he can. He completed the "parochial visitation" program established by his predecessor, Archbishop Hughes, and has taken special interest in continuing to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood.
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