Bishop Michael Jarrell is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. He attended Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette and Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 1967, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lafayette.
After Ordination to the Priesthood, he served as Associate Pastor and Pastor in various parishes in Lafayette Diocese. He also served as Episcopal Vicar in several regions of the Diocese. He was ordained Bishop for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in 1992 and was appointed Bishop of Lafayette in November of 2002.
Bishop Jarrell is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretary of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, Chair of the Formation Committee of Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington and serves on the Formations Programs Committee and Strategic Plan Committee of Notre Dame Seminary. He has also been active in the Louisiana Interchurch Conference and has served as President for several years.
Bishop Jarrell is a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Knights of Peter Claver and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
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