December 6, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle/Bishop Leonard P. Blair) Ten years represent a good part of anyone’s life. That’s how long I’ve been your bishop. In some ways it seems like just yesterday that I arrived in Toledo from my hometown of Detroit. In other ways, it seems like long ago, and a lot of water, as they say, has passed under the bridge.
In preparing to write this final article before I take up my new ministry as Archbishop of Hartford, I looked back at my first article in the Chronicle, which appeared in January of 2004. The theme was hope, inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul’s New Year’s message that year. Here, in part, is what I wrote back then Read Bishop Blair's Article in the Catholic Chronicle >
October 28, 2013 – Bishop Blair (Diocese of Toledo) - This is a hard letter for me to write, because it is the announcement that after almost ten years as your Bishop, Pope Francis has seen fit to appointment me the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut, upon the retirement of the current Archbishop, the Most Reverend Henry Mansell. The announcement date is Tuesday, October 29, and my new appointment will take affect on Monday, December 16, the date of my installation in Hartford. Read more of Bishop Blair's new Assignment >
October 29, 2013 – Hartford (Knights of Columbus) - “As an organization headquartered in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Knights of Columbus is pleased to welcome our new Archbishop – His Excellency Leonard Blair. Throughout his time in Michigan, at the Vatican and most recently in Ohio, our Archbishop-designate has shown himself to be a quintessential pastor and shepherd. We thank Pope Francis for this outstanding appointment and stand ready to assist our new Archbishop in whatever ways we can. As our brother Knight for more than 19 years, we hope he will find in this appointment something of a homecoming.” Check out the Knights of Columbus Website >
Aug. 19, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle) - A new blog site geared toward Catholic men has been initiated and is located at catholicmentoledo.wordpress.com.
The site is the personal work of Tadhg Farrell, coordinator of the Catholic Men's Fellowship Program, under the Diocese of Toledo Secretariat of Evangelization and Parish Life. Read More about this new men's blog >
Aug. 2, 2013 – Toledo (Catholic Chronicle/Bishop Blair) - In my last reflection for the Year of Faith, I spoke of the creed as the first of the four “pillars” of faith to be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Now I would like to say something about the second “pillar,” namely, what we Christians call liturgy, the celebration of the sacraments. If we believe our creed to be true, then we are led to worship in the liturgy. The one flows into the other.
So the second “pillar” (Part Two) of the Catechism is titled, “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery.” This title gives us an important indication of what true worship is. The dictionary says that worship is “the reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power.” Read more about Liturgy >