WASHINGTON (October 20, 2003) -- Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Hartford Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin, 75, and named Bishop Henry J. Mansell of Buffalo as his successor.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Henry J. Mansell was born Oct. 10, 1937, in New York City. He attended Cathedral College High School and College in New York; earned a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York; and attended seminary at the North American College and the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York on Dec. 19, 1962. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of New York on Nov. 24, 1992, and ordained to the episcopacy on January 6, 1993. He was named Bishop of Buffalo on April 18, 1995.
Daniel A. Cronin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Nov. 14, 1927. He attended St. Peter's School, Boston College High School, St. John's Seminary in Brighton, and studied at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on Dec. 20, 1952. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Boston on June 10, 1968, and was appointed Bishop of Fall River on Oct. 30, 1970. Pope John Paul II named him Archbishop of Hartford on Dec. 10, 1991.
Hartford was established as a diocese in 1843 and created an archdiocese in 1953. It comprises three counties in the state of Connecticut and has a Catholic population of 698,655 out of a total population of 1.8 million.