Pope appoints new bishop to lead Toledo diocese

Daniel Thomas

Pope Francis has named a new bishop to lead the Toledo Catholic Diocese.

On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Bishop Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

Bishop Thomas has been serving as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since his episcopal ordination on July 26, 2006.

Thomas replaces former Bishop Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford in December 2013.  Since that time, the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Rev. Charles Ritter, serving as diocesan administrator.

Bishop Thomas will be installed as Bishop of Toledo during a Mass at 2p.m. on Oct. 22 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.

Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia, attending Catholic elementary and high schools. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where he earned both a bachelor and master of arts degree. He also earned a licentiate in sacred theology in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 18, 1985, Thomas was first assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Aston, Pennsylvania. In 1990 he was assigned to serve the Holy See as an official of the Congregation for Bishops, the section of the Roman Curia primarily charged with coordinating the selection candidates for the episcopacy. While serving at the Congregation for Bishops, Thomas also served as an adjunct spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary in Rome.

In 1995, he was named a monsignor by the late Pope John Paul II, who in 2005 also named him a Prelate of Honor. In October 1995, Thomas returned to Pennsylvania and was appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Stafford. In 2006 he was ordained auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, assisting the archbishop with pastoral responsibilities and administrative duties at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Thomas’ responsibilities at the Pastoral Center included serving as the vicar general in addition to overseeing the Media Affairs Department, the Office for Clergy and the Archdiocesan Vocations Office.

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