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Members of the All Saints Catholic School teaching staff and Father Kent Kaufman, pastor of All Saints, meet the new bishop.
New bishop greets area faithful
Several hundred Catholics from nine area parishes welcomed Daniel Thomas, the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, on Monday evening at All Saints Church.
Since his installation in late October, Toledo Catholic Bishop Daniel Thomas has been visiting parishes across the 19-county diocese.
On Monday, he celebrated Vespers, an evening prayer service, and then met with area residents during a reception that followed.
In August, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing Bishop Thomas, 55, to be the eighth bishop of Toledo.
He replaces Bishop Leonard Blair, who was named Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut.
The new bishop admitted to hearing the “Holy Toledo!” greeting many times since his appointment.
However, his goal is to change that common phrase to “Holy Diocese of Toledo.”
“My reason for being here is to help people become holy, to get to heaven,” he said. “And to pour myself out in love as your shepherd.”
Bishop Thomas believes “holy disciples, holy families and holy vocations” are needed to reach the goal.
He challenged parishioners to engage in prayer, fasting and almsgiving– “what Jesus has asked of us.”
The bishop asked everyone to pray the rosary once each week with the intention of an increase in holy disciples, families and vocations.
He also asked them to consider fasting on one day each week–in a variety of ways.
“Maybe that means fasting from pop or dessert, only eating one meal that day, or taking the stairs and not the elevator–some form of personal sacrifice,” he explained.
Finally, the bishop asked the faithful to give alms to those in need–whether that is children saving their quarters, an unemployed person setting aside a few dollars each month or people who are well-off tithing their salaries.
Bishop Thomas reminded parishioners of Mother Teresa’s definition of a saint.
“They are sinners like you and me who never stopped trying,” he said.
Rossford resident Minnie Ilconich meets Bishop Thomas, who spent several hours individually greeting everyone who attended the reception.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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