Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was

The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts.

The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis appointed him bishop in June to lead Catholics in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

After celebrating Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Pittsfield on Sunday, Rozanski met with parishioners and members of other area Catholic churches at a reception.

He was installed as bishop Aug. 12, succeeding the Rev. Timothy McDonnell, who had been bishop since April 2004.

McDonnell announced his resignation as bishop on his 75th birthday in December 2012.

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