By Ricard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed vocations director Father Andrew J. Merrick as pastor of Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge and accepted the retirement letter of St. Thomas More pastor Father Tom Duhé. Both are effective July 1.

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Father Andrew Merrick

Ordained May 31, 2008 by Bishop Muench at St. Joseph Cathedral, Father Merrick has served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Denham Springs, Christ the King and St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge. He has served as administrator and pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Paincourtville and St. Jules Church in Belle Rose.

Father Merrick, a native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, was appointed director of the Office of Vocations on July 1, 2016.

Father Merrick is replacing Father Bob Stine, who is also retiring effective July 1.

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Father Thomas P. Duhé

Father Thomas P. Duhé was born in Baton Rouge in 1949 and ordained May 5, 1978 by Bishop Joseph V. Sullivan at St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge. He served as associate pastor at St. George Church in Baton Rouge, St. Mary of False River Church in New Roads and St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge and St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in Greenwell Springs.

His pastorships included Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lakeland, St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary, St. Alphonsus, St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge and St. Thomas More.

Father Duhé also served as co-pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Baton Rouge, administrator at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lakeland and assistant vicar for religions education for five years. He was a member of the Presbyteral Council on two occasions, the College of Consultors for five years, for two years was director of the Continuing Formation of Priests and served as the assistant vicar for religious education.