Worcester bishop installed as interim head of Springfield Diocese

The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of Worcester, will oversee the Springfield Diocese, which includes Berkshire County, on an interim basis beginning Tuesday.

SPRINGFIELD — The bishop of Worcester County will run affairs of the Springfield Diocese until a new leader is named.

That announcement came Tuesday, as Catholics prepared to install the Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski at 2 p.m. as archbishop of St. Louis. Rozanski had led the local diocese since 2014. Rozanski's installation was livestreamed from St. Louis on the YouTube channel and Facebook page of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Until a successor is named for Rozanski, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus will serve as apostolic administrator of the Springfield Diocese, which includes Berkshire County, the diocese announced.

McManus was named to the interim post by Pope Francis.

In a statement, McManus said he will work with current administrators in Springfield, but also will meet with parishioners across the diocese.

As administrator, McManus said, he is charged with ensuring stability in the diocese until Pope Francis names a new bishop for Springfield.

McManus became the fifth bishop of Worcester when he was chosen for that position by Pope John Paul II and installed in 2004.

Rozanski was chosen this year by Pope Francis to become the 10th archbishop to supervise the eastern Missouri area. He replaces Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who retired after 11 years in that role.