Pope Francis has named Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski the ninth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.
Bishop Rozanski comes to Springfield after serving as the auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 2004.
He succeeds Bishop Timothy Anthony McDonnell, who submitted his letter of resignation a year-and-a-half ago on his 75th birthday, as required by church law.
Bishop McDonnell held the position since 2004.
Bishop Rozanski was introduced this morning at the Bishop John Marshall Center.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield encompasses the four western counties of Massachusetts with 230,000 Catholics.
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