Pope names Bishop Thomas as administrator of Cleveland Diocese

Toledo Blade

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be serving the Diocese of Cleveland in a bishop’s role in addition to his being Toledo’s pastoral leader.

In a Wednesday morning announcement, the Diocese of Toledo stated that Bishop Thomas was appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator of the eight-county Diocese of Cleveland after Bishop Richard G. Lennon resigned for health reasons.

Bishop Thomas will have duties in Toledo and the neighboring Diocese of Cleveland, seeing that the diocese continues its religious and administrative operations, until the Pope appoints a new permanent bishop.

When Toledo’s Bishop Leonard Blair was named archbishop of Hartford, Conn., by Pope Francis in December 2013, the Rev. Charles Ritter served as diocesan administrator in Toledo until Pope Francis appointed Bishop Thomas, then a Philadelphia auxiliary bishop, who was installed Oct. 22, 2014.

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