I write to you as I complete my first year as the Eighth Bishop of Toledo. I greet you warmly and am full of love for you and northwest Ohio!
Thank you for your warm welcome. I am deeply moved by the faith, hope, and love I have encountered over the last year. I have visited every deanery of the Diocese; I have visited rural, suburban, and urban parishes, and the various institutions of the Diocese. We have so much to be proud of. Thank you for welcoming me into your parishes and homes and orienting me in my work as your bishop. I have so enjoyed getting to know you!
I have taken this year to learn about the Diocese, its priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and parishioners – and the rich history of the Church in northwest Ohio. There is so much good here, which comes from you, the faithful. I am heartened by your welcoming spirit, strong faith in Christ and His Church, and commitment to her teachings. I am also grateful for your ongoing generosity to the Annual Catholic Appeal for the Diocese and your financial support of your parish and school communities. You have made me feel at home, and I know I am with my family here in northwest Ohio.
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