- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Diocese of Shreveport’s first leader has died.

According to a posting on the Diocese’s website, Bishop William B. Friend died Thursday at his retirement home in Coral Springs, Florida. He was 83.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Fm8TW9 ) Friend led the Diocese for 20 years before resigning in 2006. He remained in charge however as apostolic administrator until April 1, 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI named Michael Duca as the new bishop.

Pope John Paul II appointed Friend as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport in 1979. He was elevated to bishop in 1982. When the Shreveport Diocese was formed in June 1986, Friend was appointed as its first bishop.

A funeral Vigil and Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of Saint John Berchmans in Shreveport.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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