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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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