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Bishop Charles C. Thompson

Bishop of Evansville

The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson was ordained and installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville on June 29, 2011.

Bishop Thompson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate of Moore High School in Louisville. He attended Bellarmine University, where he earned a degree in accounting.

He also earned a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and a Master in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, serving the Archdiocese of Louisville, in May 1987. In addition to serving five parishes across the Archdiocese, he served as Metropolitan Judicial Vicar and Director of Tribunals from 1993 to 1998, and as Vicar General of the Archdiocese from 2008 to 2011, when he was named Bishop of Evansville.

He has served as a visiting professor of Canon Law at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology since 2002.


Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Archbishop of Indianapolis

The Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., was appointed archbishop of Indianapolis by Pope Benedict XVI, on October 18, 2012.

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. In that role, 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 has served as the co-chairman of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation since June 2013. He has also been a member of the USCCB Sub-committee on the Church in Africa since June 2013.

On March 29, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Tobin a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Archbishop Tobin speaks several languages including Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.