Bachelor in English Literature, St. Joseph Seminary College, St. Benedict, Louisiana, 1971. Barium Strontium Titanate, St. Thomas University, Rome, 1974. Licentiate of Sacred Theology, St. Thomas University, Rome, 1975.
Master of Arts in English Literature, University Louisiana, Lafayette, 1981.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Saint Joseph Seminary College near Covington, Louisiana, in 1971, and continued his studies in Rome while living at the North American College. In 1974 he was awarded the Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureum (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) from Saint Thomas University and the Licentiate in 1975. In 1981 he also earned a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Further studies include work at Institut Catholique in Paris (1972: French language).
The University of London (1980: Victorian language). Don Quixote Institute in Salamanca (1997: Spanish).
Istituto Santa Maria, Rome (1971: Italian). And archaeological study tours to Syria, Jordan and Turkey.
As Provost was a student at the North American College, he joined numerous other students being ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975 in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and served in the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana.
He was consecrated, and installed, as bishop on April 23, 2007, with Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes of New Orleans as principal celebrant. His installation brought to a close the two year "sede vacante" the diocese experienced after his predecessor, Edward Kenneth Braxton, was appointed Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, on March 15, 2005. In addition to English, Provost speaks French, Italian, and Spanish.
Member of Knights of Columbus, Sons of the American Revolution (member national chaplains committee), Equestrian Order of Knights of and Ladies of Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem (knight), Phi Eta Sigma.