On Wednesday morning, October 17, Pope Benedict XVI announced his appointment of Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as Archbishop of Indianapolis. On Thursday morning Archbishop Tobin celebrated the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist in St. Augustine’s Chapel and met our Residents.
Bishop Christopher J. Coyne and Monsignor John Duncan concelebrated the Eucharist. Bishop Coyne is the Auxiliary Bishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, appointed to the position in response to Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein’s early retirement in September, 2011. Msgr. John Duncan, a long-time pastor to the Home during his assignment to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Carmel, was recently appointed as the Chaplain to St. Augustine.
At the conclusion of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Archbishop continued by visiting with Residents during the dinner hour, conversing in Spanish, Tagalog, and English. He gracefully accepted one Resident’s reminder to mention his passion for Notre Dame University. At this, the Archbishop told of a French roommate who once asked why he had such admiration for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, wearing, as he did, Notre Dame shirts so regularly. “Oh, no,” the Archbishop told him, “my shirts are for much more sacred ground.”
The Archbishop later returned to Rome to “pack his bags” for his official move to Indianapolis. We are delighted that he chose to spend so much of his first day with our Residents, Sisters, and staff. We look forward to his return.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin meets Residents Mary Morrow, Zel Pacheco, and LaQue Scott. (Photos below)