The Most Reverend leonard p. blair, S.T.D.
Fifth Archbishop of Hartford
On October 29, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Blair the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The following is an abbreviated biography:
Bishop of The Toledo Diocese Bishop Leonard Paul Blair, born in Detroit on April 12, 1949, was named the Seventh Bishop of Toledo on October 7, 2003, and installed in the Diocese of Toledo on December 4, 2003.
Bishop Blair was ordained to the priesthood in June of 1976 following studies at Sacred Heart Seminary College, Detroit; the North American College, Rome; and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. Bishop Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from Sacred Heart Seminary College; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University; a Licentiate in Theology (S.T.L.) with a specialization in Patristics and the History of Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University; and a Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. Bishop Blair has served as Pastor of St. Paul Parish, Grosse Point Farms, since July of 1997. Prior to that, he served for three years as Secretary to Cardinal Edmund Szoka and as a staff member of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, Vatican City State.
Bishop Blair's previous assignments include: Ecumenical Officer for the Archdiocese of Detroit; Dean of Studies and Assistant Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary College; service in the Papal Secretariat of State Office, Vatican City; Administrative Secretary to the Archbishop of Detroit; Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit; Consultor, Archdiocese of Detroit; Instructor in Church History and Patristics, St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; and Archivist for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Bishop Blair also served as Pastoral Administrator at St. Christine Parish, Detroit; Associate Pastor at St. Paul Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms; Associate Pastor at St. Christopher Parish, Detroit; Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Harper Woods; and as a Deacon at St. Martin de Porres Parish, Warren.
THE REVEREND JAMES A. SHANLEY
RECTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL
Father James A. Shanley was ordained to the priesthood on September 6, 1980. He served as a Chaplain for several years and has been pastor of three parishes during his priesthood; most recently at St. George Church in Guilford, CT. Father Shanley currently serves as the Vicar for Pastoral and Strategic Planning in addition to being Rector at the Cathedral parish of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He received a B.A. from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.; a Masters of Divinity from Saint John Seminary, Brighton, Mass.; and a Masters of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School.