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Bishop Blair appointed to lead Archdiocese of Hartford
catholicchronicle.org - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
by ANGELA KESSLER, Chronicle Editor
Bishop Leonard P. Blair, who has led the Diocese of Toledo since 2003, has been appointed by Pope Francis as archbishop of Hartford, Conn.
The appointment was announced by the Holy See Oct. 29. Archbishop-designate Blair, however,remains the leader of the Diocese of Toledo until the day of his installation, Dec. 16 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford.
Archbishop-designate Leonard P. BlairArchbishop-designate Blair is to be officially introduced as the new archbishop during a press conference at the Hartford Archdiocesan Center at Saint Thomas Seminary, at 10 a.m. Oct. 29. The press conference is be streamed on the archdiocesan website, archdioceseofhartford.org, and ortv.org.