Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Baltimore as bishop of the diocese of Springfield, Mass.
Rozanski will succeed Bishop Timothy McDonnell, 76, whose resignation was accepted by the pope.
The appointment was announced Thursday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Rozanski, 55, was ordained a priest for the Baltimore archdiocese in 1984. He became an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese in 2004.