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in northwest Ohio said goodbye to their leader of 10 years Wednesday night. It
was an emotional sendoff for Bishop Leonard Blair as he presided over his final
mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
has been appointed to be the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut. On Wednesday,
his final Ohio mass was filled with thanksgiving, songs, prayers and well
it's kind of bittersweet, because 10 years ago today we were in this cathedral
welcoming him," said Monsignor William Kubacki, of the Diocese of Toledo. "He
was actually installed 10 years ago, December 4, as the bishop of Toledo. And
yes, it is a sad day."
Kubacki says it is also a day to celebrate the bishop's accomplishments.
tried to do my best, I give thanks to God for his tender mercies, and I give
thanks to God for all of you," Bishop Blair said from the pulpit.
Blair will be installed in Hartford on Dec. 16, and within eight days, the
College of Consulters must elect a diocesan administrator to run the Toledo
diocese. Eventually, Pope Francis will appoint a new bishop.
are in pretty good shape here, so I am confident that we will hopefully have a
new bishop within a year," Kubacki said.
diocese presented Bishop Blair with a set of new vestments to wear as
archbishop. He says he's looking forward to it, but also looking back.
must say I am not very good at saying goodbye, and it has been very emotional
for me in many ways," Blair said. "Ten years is a big chunk of a person's life,
and I will miss Toledo, miss the diocese very much."