SPRINGFIELD – The Vatican announced today that Reverend William D. Byrne, priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, has been named the next bishop of the Roman Diocese of Springfield, succeeding Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, who left in June to lead the Archdiocese of Saint-Louis.
The announcement was made by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, American pontifical nuncio, in Washington.
Byrne, 55, is the 10th bishop in the history of the Diocese of Springfield.
It is due to be presented in Springfield with a press conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Bishop John Marshall Center. After that, he will preach at the 12:10 mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Both events will be broadcast live on the Diocese’s website, www.diospringfield.org.
He will be installed as bishop on December 14.
According to the announcement, Byrne, as a newly ordained priest, was first assigned to Little Flower Church and St. Jude’s Shrine in Bethesda, Maryland.
For eight years he was chaplain at the University of Maryland.
He was appointed pastor of St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill, where he created a special ministry for Catholic members of Congress.
During this same period, Byrne also served as secretary for pastoral ministry and social concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington for 6.5 years.
Most recently, he was pastor of Our Lady of Mercy parish in Potomac, Maryland.
Byrne is also a columnist and YouTube personality, with his series “Five Things” which highlights “life tips, initiations to prayer or spiritual meditations to help people draw closer to God and appreciate the small – but vital – things in life,” the diocese said in a statement Press. A book based on the series “Five Things with Fr. Bill” will be published Thursday by Loyola Press.