New leader named for Archdiocese of Indianapolis
October 18, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin,
CSsR, the archbishop secretary of the Vatican Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the
sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Holy See
made the announcement today (October 18) in Rome.
Archbishop Tobin, 60, succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein,
OSB, who was granted early retirement by Pope Benedict on September
21, 2011, for health reasons. Since Archbishop Buechlein's
retirement, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has served as the
archdiocese's apostolic administrator.
Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, of Saint Meinrad Archabbey,
welcomed the archbishop-designate to Indiana. "In the name of the
monastic community of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, I am delighted to
offer our warmest congratulations to Archbishop Tobin as the new
ordinary of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis."
"His position as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of
Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life gives him a
welcomed understanding of the place and witness of religious life
in the Church. We look forward to our continued service to the
Church under his pastoral leadership, and extend to him our prayers
for God's abundant blessings on his ministry and service to the
A press conference introducing Archbishop Tobin was held today
(October 18) at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Watch it
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, NY, where he received a master's degree in
religious education in 1977 and a master of divinity degree in
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
Archbishop Tobin will be installed as Archbishop of Indianapolis
on December 3 - the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the patron
saint of the archdiocese - at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in
Indianapolis. Details of the Mass are pending.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis serves nearly 228,000 Catholics
in 147 parishes in 39 counties in central and southern Indiana. The
archdiocese covers 13,757 square miles.