Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia, 55, as bishop of Toledo, Ohio.
The appointment was publicized in Washington today by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Daniel Thomas was born June 11, 1959, in Manayunk, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, and a licentiate of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1985 and appointed auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia in 2006.
Bishop Thomas’ assignments after ordination included service in Rome: He was an official of the Congregation for Bishops at the Holy See and adjunct spiritual director at the Pontifical North American College Seminary.
The Diocese of Toledo has been a vacant see since October 2013, when then-Bishop Leonard P. Blair was named Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut.
The Diocese of Toledo includes a total of 1,465,561 people of whom 319,907, or 22%, are Catholic.