Worcester bishop named to manage Springfield Diocese


Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 01, 2020

SPRINGFIELD — The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, is adding the role of apostolic administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield until Pope Francis appoints a new bishop.

On Tuesday, Mitchell T. Rozanski, who for the past six years has been the Springfield bishop, was officially installed as the 10th archbishop of St. Louis, a little more than two months after being named to the position.

As apostolic administrator, McManus, 69, will oversee the continuing operation of the diocese in the absence of an ordinary, or local diocesan, bishop. Rozanski had remained as apostolic administrator until this week.

“I am humbled by the confidence which the Holy Father has placed in me,” McManus said in a statement.

McManus added that it is canonical responsibility to assure stability in the continuing operation of the Diocese of Springfield until a new bishop is named. The diocese has parishes throughout Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Berkshire counties.

McManus has served as the fifth bishop for Worcester since his May 2004 appointment by Saint Pope John Paul II.