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Philadelphia auxiliary bishop to lead Toledo diocese

TOLEDO, Ohio – Pope Francis has appointed the auxiliary bishop from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to lead the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

The Ohio diocese announced the appointment of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Tuesday.

Thomas, 55, has been auxiliary bishop in Philadelphia since 2006. He was named a monsignor in 1995.

He replaces Bishop Leonard Paul Blair, who was named bishop of the Hartford Archdiocese in Connecticut last October.

Thomas will be installed as bishop Oct. 22. He is a native of Philadelphia and was ordained a priest in 1985.

The Diocese of Toledo serves 320,000 Roman Catholics in 124 parishes across northwest Ohio.