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Most Rev. Mitchell Rozanski Installed as Bishop of Diocese of Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Springfield’s new Bishop Mitchell Rozanski was installed Tuesday as Springfield’s ninth bishop.

The new Bishop takes over for Bishop Timothy McDonnell, who’s retiring.

The installation Mass of Springfield’s new Bishop ended around 4:30 p.m. It was a warm and well attended ceremony representing various religious and community members.

St. Michael’s Cathedral was filled with more than 30 bishops, several Archbishops and two Cardinals, including Sean O’Malley of Boston.

Cardinal O’Malley helped introduce the new Bishop.

The reading of the Apostolic Letter was done by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Pope’s representative. That letter names Bishop Rozanski Springfield’s 9th Bishop.

In his Homily, Bishop Rozanski, who is 56 years old, thanked Bishop McDonnell for his service and extended a warm welcome to all.

Rozanski comes to Springfield from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where he has served since his ordination as a priest in 1984. Family members, including his mother and father, were also present.

Bishop Rozanski takes over a Diocese half the size of Baltimore. Springfield’s Diocese includes some 230,000 Catholics and some 80 parishes.

Bishop Rozanski also becomes Springfield’s first Polish bishop.

For those who would like to meet and welcome the Bishop, a public reception will begin at 5 p.m. at the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exhibition. All are welcome.

You can CLICK HERE to read the text of the Bishop’s homily.

In case you missed any of the Installation, you can CLICK HERE to watch the service online at wggb.com

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