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Vol. 65 No. 11

November 16, 2016

The community newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark

Pope names Cardinal

JosephW. Tobin, C.Ss.R., as

newArchbishop of Newark

By Melissa McNally



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


t a Nov. 7 press conference at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sa-

cred Heart in Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., who

was appointed the sixth Archbishop of Newark by Pope Francis,

referred to himself as “the new kid on the block.” A sense of

humor, he noted, is “an essential quality in spirituality” that pre-

vents us from “falling into arrogance or despair.”

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Cardinal Tobin. Prior to

the announcement of his appointment here, he had been the sixth Archbish-

op of Indianapolis. On Oct. 9, The Holy Father named him to the College

of Cardinals. “I am not sure my central nervous system can take much more

news,” Cardinal Tobin quipped.

Cardinal Tobin is to receive his red biretta from Pope Francis at cere-

monies in Rome on Saturday. The appointment of a cardinal was a first for

Indianapolis and now a first for Newark. Traditionally U.S. cardinals are

archbishops of sees like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., where Theodore

McCarrick, fourth archbishop of Newark, was named a cardinal by Saint

John Paul II in 2001.

Cardinal Tobin succeeds Archbishop John J. Myers, who offered his re-

tirement to the Holy Father in July after reaching his 75th birthday. A former

bishop of Peoria, IL., he became Newark’s archbishop in 2001.

Bernard A. Hebda, bishop of Gaylord, Mich., was named in 2013 as co-

adjutor with right to succeed Archbishop Myers but Pope Francis in March

named him archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, where he had also been serv-

ing as apostolic administrator since 2015.

Archbishop Myers congratulated his successor at the press conference. “I

am very happy to welcome him in the name of all of us in this great archdio-

cese,” he said. “I know that he will find that the 1.2 million Catholics within

the four counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union are rich in faith, have

a great love for the Church, and are committed to living and sharing the Gos-

pel of Jesus Christ.”

Archbishop Myers said he has known and worked with the cardinal on a

number of occasions over the years both within the U.S. Conference of Cath-

olic Bishops and through the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societ-

ies of Apostolic Life in Rome, where Cardinal Tobin had served as Archbish-

op Secretary from 2010 until his appointment as Archbishop of Indianapolis

in 2012.

Archbishop Myers also noted that he and Cardinal Tobin share a regional

Advocate photo by Al Frank