Pope Benedict XVI Names Bishops for Indianapolis
Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Vatican Curia to Head Archdiocese
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WASHINGTON, D.C. OCT. 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Pope Benedict XVI has named 60-year-old Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, as Archbishop of Indianapolis. The appointment was made public yesterday by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Archbishop Tobin, who is a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), succeeds Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, who resigned from pastoral governance of the Indianapolis Archdiocese in 2011 for health reasons. Indianapolis Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne has been apostolic administrator of the archdiocese since 2011.
Joseph William Tobin, a native of Detroit, was born May 3, 1952, the oldest of 13 children. He professed temporary vows as a Redemptorist in 1972, and perpetual vows in 1976. He was ordained a priest for the Redemptorist Congregation in 1978.
He was elected general consultor of the Rome-based Redemptorists Fathers in 1991, and general superior for two terms in 1997. During a sabbatical year after his terms in leadership, he was named to his Vatican position, August 2, 2010, and ordained an archbishop October 9, 2010.