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Cardinal-elect Tobin Named to Lead Newark Archdiocese

Pope Francis has named Archbishop of Indianapolis, Joseph Tobin, as new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Myers.

The appointment of Archbishop Tobin who will be made a cardinal in the upcoming Nov. 19 consistory was announced by the Vatican.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952,  Joseph William Tobin would obtain a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wisconsin, a degree of Master of Religious Education and of Divinity (Pastoral Theology) at Mount Saint Alphonsus Major Seminary in Esopus, New York.

Tobin entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), and made temporary vows on Aug. 5, 1972. In 1976, he made his solemn profession. On June 1, 1978, he was ordained to the priesthood.

After his ordination, Tobin undertook the following assignments: Parochial Vicar (1979-1984), and later Pastor (1984-1990) of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit; Episcopal Vicar in the Archdiocese of Detroit (1980-1986); Pastor of Saint Alphonsus Parish in Chicago (1990-1991).

In 1991, he was elected Consultor General of the Redemptorist Fathers, and on 9 September 1997 Superior General. He was re-elected to that position on 26 September 2003. In the same year he became Vice-president of the Union of Superiors General.

Moreover, Tobin has served as a Member of the Council for Relations between the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the International Unions of Superiors General (2001-2009).

On Aug. 2, 2010, he was named Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and at the same time, elevated to the titular see of Obba, with the dignity of Archbishop. The following Oct. 9, he received episcopal consecration.

On Oct. 18, 2012, he was named residential Archbishop of Indianapolis, Indiana, and on Dec. 3, was installed.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he has served Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and as Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization on Catechesis. He is also the President of the Subcommittee on the Catechism.

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