Detroit Auxiliary Is Named New Bishop of Toledo, Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio, OCT. 7, 2003 ( John Paul II has named Auxiliary Bishop Leonard Blair of Detroit as bishop of Toledo, Ohio. He succeeds Bishop James Hoffman, who died Feb. 8.

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The Vatican press office announced the news today. Leonard Blair was born on April 12, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, and the North American College, Rome.

He earned a licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University in 1978 and a doctorate in theology in 1997 at the University of St. Thomas in Rome.

Ordained a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese in 1976, he was appointed auxiliary bishop in July 1999.

The Toledo Diocese comprises 19 counties in northwest Ohio. It has a Catholic population of about 315,000 in a total population of nearly 1.5 million.

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