Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald P. Herzog from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Alexandria.

Bishop David P. Talley, who, up until now was the coadjutor bishop, will succeed him as the 12th bishop of Alexandria.

The appointment was made Feb. 2 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:05 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to give thanks to God for the episcopal ministry of Bishop Herzog.

Under Canon law, a bishop is required to retire by the age of 75. Bishop Herzog will be 75 on April 22, 2017. However due to Bishop Herzog’s health issues, he submitted his letter of resignation  a few months before his mandatory retirement.

Bishop Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia on Sept. 11, 1950. He pursued seminary studies at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1989.

He holds a doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian University in Rome. In 2001, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Atlanta, on Jan. 3, 2013. Pope Francis appointed him as coadjutor bishop of Alexandria on Sept. 21, 2016.

Bishop Talley currently serves as chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and as a member of USCCB’s Committee on National Collections and Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Bishop Ronald P. Herzog was born April 22, 1942 in Akron, Ohio. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1968; he was appointed bishop of Alexandria on Nov. 4, 2004, and ordained a bishop on Jan. 5, 2005. Bishop Herzog most recently served as a consultant on the USCCB’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Bishop Talley continues to visit parishes throughout the diocese. Click here to view a photo gallery.