Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the metropolitan archbishop of the New Orleans Province, which encompasses the state of Louisiana, was appointed April 3 by Pope Francis as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Alexandria as the diocese awaits the appointment of a new bishop.

Archbishop Aymond will remain as archbishop of New Orleans and will continue to reside in New Orleans with regular visits to the Diocese of Alexandria.

“My family has deep roots in Avoyelles Parish, and I am privileged to serve you as you await a new Diocesan bishop,” said Archbishop Aymond. “I will be as present as I possibly can be to the clergy, religious diocesan staff, and the people of God in the Diocese of Alexandria. Please pray for me as I will pray for you.”