PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, newly installed Bishop of Springfield, will make his first official pastoral visit to the Berkshires on Sunday, Aug. 31.
The bishop will celebrate the 11:30 a.m. liturgy with priests from the Berkshires at St. Joseph's Church on North Street, followed by a receiving line at parish center.
The Mass and receiving line are open to the public.
Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of Diocese of Springfield this past June. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of with St. Joseph's is the "Mother Parish."
Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell submitted his resignation letter on his 75th birthday on Dec. 23, 2012, as required by church law, after a decade as leader of Western Massachusetts' more than 230,000 Catholics. He continued to serve until Rozanski's installation on Aug. 12.
The 56-year-old Rozanski attended Catholic University of America and its Theological College. He was raised in Maryland and served the church in Maryland and the Baltimore area. He was the youngest bishop in the United States at the time of his ordination in 2004 for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
He is co-chairman for the Polish National Church's Roman Catholic Dialogue, serves on the National Committee for the Protection of Youth and Young People and the Advisory Council of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and is liaison to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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