ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski was formally installed Tuesday as the new leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica.
The Mass was attended by hundreds of people – far fewer than the cathedral can hold in normal times. Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, attendance was by invitation only, and attendees wore face masks.
Pope Francis named Rozanski on June 10 as the 10th archbishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Rozanski, 62, had been the bishop of Springfield, Mass., for the previous six years. He was born in Baltimore and is of Polish-American descent.
He replaces Archbishop Robert Carlson, who served as Archbishop of St. Louis for 11 years. The diocese honored Carlson for his service during a Mass on Monday.
Rozanski recorded in June a message to area Catholics: