Indianapolis‘ new Archbishop Joseph Tobin says he understands the importance of families in Central Indiana. He spoke with parishioners at a meet and greet event at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Thursday.
He told the crowd his family grew up in a house with one bathroom and five boys and eight girls.
Pope Benedict XVI recently appointed the 60-year-old to the post. He succeeds Archbishop Daniel Buechlein who retired for health reasons. Tobin paid tribute to Buechlein who he says has left the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in good condition. Buechlein was present for the event in a wheelchair and in good spirits.
Tobin says despite current events and uncertain times, faith remains extremely important in society.
“I‘m looking forward to supporting parents in their roles and making sure that that church is responsible and safeguards children,” he says.
Tobin is a native of Detroit. He‘s a product of Catholic schools and Irish immigrants. He holds a bachelor‘s degree in philosophy and a master‘s degree from Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York.
He‘ll be officially installed as Archbishop of Indianapolis on December 3rd, the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of the archdiocese.