Catholics across much of Connecticut have a new leader. Archbishop Leonard Blair was installed Monday afternoon during a mass at St. Joseph Cathedral Hartford.
Blair says he first heard the news of his appointment by the pope while on a visit to Rome.
“The very next day, I was at a papal audience,” Blair said Monday. “When I was presented to Pope Francis, I was able to thank him in peson for the confidence he has placed in me. And I asked for his blessing on the church in both Hartford and Toledo.”
The 64-year-old Blair comes to Hartford from the Toledo Diocese.