HARTFORD – Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Leonard Paul Blair as the fifth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The announcement was made today.
Bishop Blair will be officially introduced as the new archbishop during a press conference at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
The press conference will be streamed on the archdiocesan Web site at archdioceseofhartford.org and ortv.org. It will be broadcast live on WJMJ-FM Radio (88.9/Hartford, 93.1/Hamden, 107.1/New Haven).
Bishop Blair, 64, has been the bishop of the Diocese of Toledo since 2003. He was ordained a priest in 1976.
He succeeds Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, who has been the Archbishop of Hartford since December 2003, and who has passed the age of retirement.
Archbishop-designate Blair will be installed as the Archbishop of Hartford on Dec. 16 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford.