Pope names new Toledo bishop

Pope Francis has named a new bishop to lead the Toledo Catholic Diocese.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Bishop Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his episcopal ordination on July 26, 2006.

Thomas replaces former Bishop Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford in December 2013.  Since that time, the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Rev. Charles Ritter, serving as diocesan administrator.

“I and the entire diocese are delighted to welcome Bishop Thomas,” Ritter said. “We ask for God’s blessings for him and for the people of the Diocese of Toledo as he assumes the office of chief shepherd of this local church. We priests especially look forward to getting to know him and working with him as his collaborators in ministry throughout our diocese.”

Bishop Thomas will be installed as Bishop of Toledo during a Mass at 2p.m. on Oct. 22 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.

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