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Students, volunteers describe new bishop as “vivacious” and “outgoing”

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Toledo's next bishop had a busy schedule on Tuesday.

Bishop Designate Daniel Thomas made several stops to introduce himself to the Catholic community.

11-year-old Damon Ruiz and his brother went to the Helping Hands Outreach Center in East Toledo for lunch and become two of the first Toledoans to meet the man Pope Francis named the new bishop in the diocese.

"I thought he was nice and I went up to him and I shook his hand,” says Ruiz. “He said pray for him and he'll pray for me."

"He's very vivacious,” says Angela Burns, a volunteer at the soup kitchen.  “He's very outgoing."

Burns was impressed to see Bishop Designate Daniel Thomas tie on an apron and put food on plates in a place that serves more than three hundred meals a day.

"It's great for the church,” says Burns. “It's great for the community and that's what it's about. Doesn't matter what your background is … he represents all of us."

The second stop for the day was Central Catholic High School.

Students gave the grand tour and peppered the new bishop with questions.

"He's so personable and open,” says Alexis Nester, a junior at Central Catholic High School.  “Just the fact that he asked us what we expect of him … it's just wonderful."

The school gave senior Nick Frisbee special permission to text his older brother, a newly ordained priest in the diocese, in order to brag.

"So I shot him a text and he was like … 'You got to meet the bishop today?' I thought it was really funny to do that,” says Frisbee.

"I just hope he can connect the community better than before,” says Theresa Koszycki, a senior at Central Catholic High School.  “I think he'll do a good job at that.  He seems really friendly and nice."

The last stop of the day for Bishop Designate Daniel Thomas was a visit to sick patients at the Ursuline Center.

He is scheduled to be officially installed as bishop on October 22nd, the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul the Second.

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