SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It is official. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield welcomed Mitchell Rozanski as its 9th Bishop.
Elizabeth Tudlyn of Sunderland told 22News, “Oh it’s such a joyous occasion, everybody is just so thrilled.”
About a thousand people filled St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield to witness the Installation Ceremony and meet their new religious leader.
Bishop Rozanski moved to western Massachusetts from Baltimore. Many of his friends and family made the trip up for the religious ceremony.
Barbara McLean, a friend from Baltimore, said, “It’s a very bittersweet experience for all of us. We’re very happy for him that he has his own Diocese but we’re going to miss him very much.”
56-year-old Rozanski replaces Bishop Timothy McDonnell. As he makes his rounds to meet churchgoers, they have hopes of what they hope he can accomplish as leader.
Wilbraham’s Don Flannery hopes he addresses the cost of catholic schools. “It doesn’t cost anything to send a kid to a charter school, so I’m encouraging the Bishop to try to get catholic schools qualified as charter schools.”
George Anderson of St. Charles in Pittsfield, said, “Hopefully we can help with any endeavors he has. We are supposed to be the right hand of the Church and we work well with all of the Priests and Bishops.”
McDonnell has already taken Rozanski around some parts of western Mass. so he could become familiar with his new home.
Rozanski told 22News he’s been invited to attend a number of events and will now be able to start working some of them into his schedule.