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Seton Hall Welcomes New Archbishop  

Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin

Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin

Seton Hall, the oldest diocesan university in the United States, welcomes the next Archbishop of the Newark Archdiocese, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin.

At Seton Hall, the Archbishop of Newark serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and as the President of the Board of Regents - two boards entrusted with guiding the University in both its mission and its direction.

Named by Pope Francis to succeed Archbishop John J. Myers, who has served in that role for the Newark Archdiocese since 2001 and reached the mandatory age of retirement earlier this year, Cardinal-designate Tobin told the National Catholic Reporter that "he will be installed as Newark's archbishop on Jan. 6, the day celebrated in the Roman Catholic church as the feast of the epiphany."

Cardinal-designate Tobin presently serves as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

The National Catholic Reporter notes that "Pope Benedict XVI appointed Tobin, a member of the Redemptorist religious order, as the Archbishop of Indianapolis in 2012. He had previously been in Rome for some 15 years, serving from 1997-2009 as the head of his order and from 2010-2012 as the secretary for the Vatican's congregation for religious life."

Vatican Radio reports that "on 9 October 2016 it was announced that Archbishop Tobin will be made a Cardinal in the upcoming consistory." The consistory will be held on the "19th of November, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy."

The National Catholic Reporter also notes that "Tobin was the first cardinal in history chosen from the Indianapolis archdiocese and will be the first Cardinal Archbishop of Newark. In an NCR interview shortly after his appointment as a cardinal, Tobin reflected at length on Francis' focus on mercy and said his wish is that the church would become 'a sacrament of mercy' in our world."

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  • Michael Ricciardelli
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