- Oct 26, 2020
People who know Bishop-designate William D. Byrne, named by Pope Francis Oct. 14 to head the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, say he reflects what Pope Francis has called “the joy of the Gospel” — happily sharing Christ’s love and hope with others.
Pope Francis has appointed Father William D. Byrne, a pastor in the Archdiocese of Washington, to head the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Five men are scheduled to become Catholic priests in Springfield at the end of the week.
An independent investigation found that allegations of child sexual abuse by a former Catholic bishop in Massachusetts were “unequivocally credible,” according to an executive summary of the report released Wednesday.
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski traveled from Springfield to the St. Louis Archdiocese as its newly named archbishop with this advice from his mother, Jean: “Don’t get a big head.”
A Massachusetts diocese designated three new investigators in an effort to revamp its response to clergy abuse allegations.