Archbishop Leonard P. Blair
On Monday, December 16, 2013, The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D. was installed as the fifth Archbishop of Hartford. At his Mass of Installation, he identified his guiding principles, speaking of “Memory, Mission, and Ministry,” and sharing with those in attendance that his most abiding memory as a child was the desire to be a priest.
Archbishop Blair has eloquently expressed that as the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Hartford, “The chief role is to be a pastor of souls and principally as a bishop to be a teacher of the faith.” The network of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese is proud to be led by an Archbishop who is so dedicated to guiding young people to places where they can encounter Jesus Christ. Archbishop Blair acknowledges the need for Catholic school students to believe in the Lord’s warmth and tenderness, which “warms the heart, rekindles hope, and attracts people to the Lord.”
To learn more about the Archdiocese’s exceptional religious leader, we welcome you to read the following article, originally published in the spring, 2014 issue of West Harford Magazine: