The Indianapolis Archdiocese has this information about our new Archbishop.
Pope Benedict XVI appoints Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Archbishop Tobin, 60, succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., 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.
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. (See his full bio here)
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 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.
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.
An Article about the apointment of a new Archbishiop can be found at “Whispers in the Loggia.”
You are in our prayers, Bishop Tobin.
Here’s a quote…
For “Big Red,” The Brickyard – Reports Tip Vatican’s Tobin as Indy Archbishop
Explaining his style in a talk to the 2010 chapter of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Tobin (shown at the piano with his family at his post-ordination lunch) said that his approach on entering a community was that “I am not here as a policeman, nor am I here as a tourist – I’m here about something much more serious: it’s about what we have bet our lives on.
“You and I have bet our lives on a person, on a message, on the dream of a kingdom,” he said.