Bishop William Friend of Shreveport turns 75 today, telling the local press as he does that he sends his letter willingly
...and dreads getting the "donec aliter provideatur
" response. Friend was named to the episcopacy at 47 and awaits retirement in his native Florida.
With 40,000 Catholics and 11,000 square-miles -- which works out to less than 4 per square mile? -- the Shreveport diocese is among the US' ten smallest