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Bishop Leonard Blair celebrates final mass in Toledo

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Ten years ago to the day, Bishop Leonard Blair was welcomed into the Diocese of Toledo.

Wednesday night, he celebrated his final mass in the Glass City at the Rosary Cathedral.

"I feel very much that it has been my home," Bishop Blair said.  "It's not easy to leave.  Saying goodbye is not easy."

Blair is heading east.  Pope Francis has appointed him the 5th Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut.

"It is a little bit bigger than Toledo but the work and the ministry is the same," he said.

"Living here in the house with him , it's kind of like saying goodbye to a friend," Monsignor William Kubacki said.  "It's going to be difficult."

Monsignor Kubacki will help the diocese name a temporary leader.

"Within 8 days of his [Blair's] installation, the College of Consulters need to meet and elect a Diocesan Administrator," Kubacki said.

That administrator will remain in place until a new bishop is chosen.

A process that could take some time.

"Things are in pretty good shape here," Monsignor Kubacki said.  "I'm confident we will hopefully have a new bishop within a year."

But right now, the focus is on saying goodbye.

"He roars like a lion with the truth," said Mike McCartney, a parishioner said.  "The man is so humble and modest and soft spoken, but he's very strong in spirit."

Bishop Blair plans to head to Hartford sometime next week.

 

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