Meet Bishop William Byrne

It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with Bishop Byrne about his priesthood, new appointment as Bishop of Springfield, MA and his new book.

Things to know about Bishop Byrne

He grew up in Washington, D.C. , the youngest of 8 children. When he told his parents his parents he wanted to become a priest his mother encouraged him to work first before entering seminary because she didn’t want a son who “was” a priest. He listened to his mom and taught at school for a time. The call to the priesthood remained though and he responded. He was ordained a priest in 1994. In October of 2020 he received a phone call with the news that Pope Francis had appointed him Bishop. He was ordained and installed as the 10th Bishop of Springfield in December 2020 by Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

How did he come to write a book?

Bishop Byrne’s book, 5 Things with Father Bill: Hope, Humor, and Help for the Soul , published by Loyola Press came out of a video series he did when he was in the Washington D.C. diocese. The series is on YouTube; the videos are short, but have meaningful content.

The book is similar, 50 short chapter, no more than a few pages each with topic ranging from dogs to blessing to gifts to every day life. After a short introduction, Bishop Byrne gives 5 things that can do, pray, think, change that will help in your faith life. All very relatable and helpful.

This was a fun interview and I hope you enjoy it. Follow Bishop Byrne on Instagram. 

For our challenge this week consider writing your own list of 5 things about your faith that you are passionate about. I’ll share mine in the next episode.

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