Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Pope Benedict XVI has named a new archbishop for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
At Roman noon Thursday, the Pope formally appointed Detroit-born Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as the Archdiocese’s sixth archbishop, succeeding previous Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who was granted early retirement in September 2011 due to health concerns. Tobin, 60, will formally be installed as Archbishop of Indianapolis on December 3 – the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of the archdiocese.
Tobin has been serving the church as the Archbishop Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Tobin will lead the archdiocese which serves 228,000 Catholics in 147 parishes in 39 counties, including all of southeast Indiana.
In an online announcement, the Archdiocese provided Tobin’s background and experience:
Archbishop Tobin, a Redemptorist priest, is a native of Detroit. He was born May 3, 1952 and is the oldest of 13 children. He was educated at Catholic schools. He studied at Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wis., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975. He also studied at Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, N.Y., where he received a master’s degree in religious education in 1977 and a master of divinity degree in 1979.
Archbishop Tobin professed perpetual vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) on August 21, 1976 and was ordained a priest on June 1, 1978. He was ordained an archbishop on October 9, 2010 in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome following his appointment on August 2, 2010 by Pope Benedict as the Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
As Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Archbishop Tobin worked in the Vatican to oversee the more than 1 million men and women in the world’s religious orders.
Archbishop Tobin has served as a parish priest in the inner city in Detroit and Chicago.
As associate pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit from 1979 to 1984, Father Tobin was responsible for ministering to the Hispanic community. He served as pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish from 1984 to 1990. He then served as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago from July 1990 until October 1991.
Archbishop Tobin served as General Consultor of the Redemptorist congregation from 1991 to 1997 and as its Superior General from 1997 to 2009. He was appointed by the Pope to five Synods of Bishops in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2008.
Archbishop Tobin speaks several languages including Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese and reads several other languages.
A press conference to introduce Tobin will take place at noon Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.
An interim leader has been at the head of the archdiocese since Buechlein retired. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has served as the archdiocese’s Apostolic Administrator.