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Springfield bishop-elect William Byrne
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    A priest from the nation’s capital, who has attracted a following for his YouTube video series, has been picked to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

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To help improve its response to clergy sex abuse allegations, the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts is conducting an online survey.



        A retired state judge hired by the Diocese of Springfield to investigate a claim of sexual abuse by the late Bishop Christopher Weldon issued his report today. 


A quarter of a million Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts will be getting a new spiritual leader. 

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

Springfield, Massachusetts Bishop Mitchell Rozanski is leaving his post to lead the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri. 


    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has taken control of the last parish-based high school in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Bishop Mitchel Rozanski

    A former bishop in the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is accused of sexually abusing an altar boy. 

Springfield Bishop Mitchel Rozanski

     The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has restructured the department responsible for overseeing clergy sex abuse allegations.


The findings of a 15-month comprehensive study on the future of Catholic schools in western Massachusetts were released today by the Diocese of Springfield.

Daniel Baillargeon, Springfield diocesan superintendent of schools

    The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese will for the first time have a lay person as chief administrator of its school system.


    The Diocese of Springfield has ordered an assessment of each of the remaining Catholic elementary schools in western Massachusetts.

A western-Massachusetts based religious order whose members taught generations of New Englanders in parochial schools has been saved from financial ruin.

A delegation from western Massachusetts is scheduled to depart later today for Poland to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.  

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The student bodies of two Catholic high schools in western Massachusetts will merge at a temporary location while a new regional high school is under construction in Springfield.  Enrollment concerns continue to cloud the future of  Catholic secondary education in the  Springfield region.          

The current Holyoke Catholic High School building in Chicopee will become Pope Francis High School and take in students from Cathedral High School next August, while construction of a new $50 million, 500-student school takes place in Springfield. 


The Bishop of the Springfield Diocese was in rural Franklin County today to promote an annual charitable appeal to western Massachusetts Catholics.   He announced the fundraising is already off to a good start.  

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski visited the family center of Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Turners Falls during a children’s playtime Monday morning.  It is one of more than 40 community-based services and agencies that are financially supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal.


A new regional Catholic high school is going to be built in western Massachusetts. A decision on a location for the new school is still pending. That has caused anxiety for the many advocates of rebuilding the tornado-ruined Cathedral High School in Springfield.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski says merging 130-year-old Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School is the best way to assure the long-term financial sustainability of Catholic secondary education in the region.

Catholic Communications, Diocese of Springfield

The fate of a Catholic high school wrecked when a tornado barreled through Springfield, Massachusetts almost four years ago will be announced later this afternoon.

   Bishop Mitchell Rozanski is scheduled to make the highly anticipated announcement of whether Cathedral High School will be rebuilt at 2:30 p.m.  A spokesman for the diocese put out information Saturday night on the scheduling of the announcement.


Hundreds turned out today in Springfield for a final farewell to a beloved spiritual leader in western Massachusetts.

 The Catholic funeral mass filled with ancient rituals and symbols, hymns, and scripture readings was a moving tribute to the long life of the man known as the “people’s Bishop”—Joseph Maguire, who died last week at 95.

600 people filled Saint Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Springfield for the service, which lasted about 90 minutes.   Philip Waystack, a nephew of Maguire’s, said nothing made his “uncle Joe” happier than being among people.

Diocese of Springfield

Catholics in western Massachusetts are mourning the death of a beloved spiritual leader. Bishop Emeritus Joseph Maguire, retired leader of the Springfield Diocese, died Sunday night. He was 95.

Parishioners at the 9 a.m. mass Monday at St. Catherine of Siena church in Springfield’s 16 Acres Neighborhood said they were saddened to hear of the death of Maguire, who was fondly referred to even years after his retirement  as the “ people’s bishop.”

Mitchell Thomas Rozanski will be installed this afternoon as the 9th bishop of the Springfield Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.  The diocese encompasses the four counties of western Massachusetts with 82 parishes and 220,000 members.  Rozanski, who is 56 years old, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.    He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill on the eve of the installation.


A new spiritual leader has been appointed for the 230,000 Roman Catholics in western Massachusetts. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will replace Bishop Timothy McDonnell as head of the Springfield diocese. The new bishop left a good first impression, but will face many challenges.

A Roman Catholic church in Chicopee closed by the Springfield Diocese in 2009 is scheduled to start celebrating a weekly Mass again a year after the Vatican determined that local church officials could not sell the building. 

The diocese announced Wednesday that a weekly Mass would be celebrated at St. Patrick starting Dec. 1.

The diocese stressed that the decision does not mean that St. Patrick would re-open as a distinct parish. St. Patrick remains a subsidiary of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.

The diocese closed St. Patrick in 2009 and merged it with Holy Name.