‘A people of hope’: New St. Louis archbishop calls on Roman Catholics to face difficult challenges

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

August 25, 2020

By Jesse Bogan


The Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski was installed Tuesday as the 10th archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the largest faith organization in the region.

Typically a packed affair, attendance at the Cathedral Basilica was thin. Only about 400 people with reservations were let in for the afternoon ceremony. Many were priests. Every other pew was intentionally left open to provide social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Despite the pandemic, Rozanski was officially made shepherd of about 500,000 Roman Catholics in St. Louis and 10 counties. He also has influence over Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury and numerous schools, hospitals, religious communities and charities that serve the broader community.

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