HARTFORD – The Mass of Installation of Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, the fifth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, will take place at 2 p.m. today at the Cathedral of St. Joseph,.
Archbishop-designate Blair, 64, comes to the Archdiocese from the Diocese of Toledo, where he was installed as its bishop in 2003. Ordained a priest in 1976, he has an extensive pastoral background as a parish priest, seminary professor, chancellor and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and as auxiliary bishop of Detroit.
He has given extensive service to the Church in the Vatican, as well.
"To all the clergy, religious and laity of the archdiocese I want to say how very happy and honored I am to be your new archbishop. I especially look forward to meeting the priests, who are a bishop’s closest and indispensable collaborators," said Archbishop-designate Blair. "I learned early on that whatever the position or the place, the true gift of God is to be found in the people with whom you live and work, and I look forward to the blessings of a new family of faith in which to make a home as your archbishop."
The Mass of Installation will be broadcast live on WCCT-TV, FOX CT, EWTN and Catholic TV, as well as on WJMJ Radio (88.9 FM), the archdiocesan Catholic radio station. In addition, it will be streamed on the archdiocesan website at www.archdioceseofhartford.org.
Over 2000 guests are expected to attend, including Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York; Sean Cardinal O’Malley, of the Archdiocese of Boston; dozens of bishops including Archbishop Allen Vigneron from the Archdiocese of Detroit, and clergy from across the country; priests and parish representatives, and invited guests from the Archdiocese of Hartford.