Pope Francis named Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Baltimore, 55, as bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts and accepted the resignation of Bishop Timothy McDonnell from pastoral governance of the diocese.
The announcements of the appointment and resignation were made June 19 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Rozanski was born in Baltimore on August 6, 1958. He attended Theological College at The Catholic University of America and was ordained a priest for the Baltimore Archdiocese in 1984.
In 2004 he was named auxiliary bishop of Baltimore.
The Springfield diocese has a population of about 800,000, some 28% of whom are Catholic.