Pope Appoints New Bishop to Lead Hartford Archdiocese

by Christopher O'Brien
Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair and Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell | Photo: Christine Stuart

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair and Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell | Photo: Christine Stuart

By Chrstine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie

He joked that he didn’t campaign for the position, but Toledo Bishop Leonard P. Blair said he happened to be in Rome when he learned he was being named Archbishop of Hartford and was able to thank Pope Francis in person.

“I asked for his blessing on the church in both Hartford and Toledo,” Blair said at a press conference last week.

Blair, 64, will be installed on Dec. 16 as the fifth archbishop of the Hartford Catholic Diocese. He succeeds Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, 76, who served the diocese for 10 years and is past the mandatory retirement age of 75.

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