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Springfield Diocese's New Bishop Is 'Chronically Hopeful'

a headshot of Catholic Bishop William Byrne
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A priest, who is a self-described extrovert with a following for his YouTube videos and a new book, will soon become the 10th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

              The Most Rev. William Byrne, 56, will be installed as bishop Monday during a service at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield.  

               The diocese oversees the four western Massachusetts counties that have a Catholic population of about 230,000.

              Earlier this week, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau  Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with bishop-designate Byrne.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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