Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin says, while he is saddened to leave Indiana, he is ready to begin his journey as the new Archbishop of Newark. Tobin has served as Archbishop of Indianapolis for the last four years after being appointed to the position by Pope Benedict XVI.
Tobin announced his new position Monday morning and, at a press conference in Newark, said he learned of his appointment two weeks ago. He joked about being named a Cardinal by Pope Francis two weeks prior to that, saying, "I’m not sure that my central nervous system can take much more news."
Tobin says the phone call he received informing him of his appointment to the Archdiocese of Newark invoked shock and sadness.
"I recently marked four years as the Archbishop of Indianapolis and have come to love deeply the people of central and southern Indiana," said Tobin. "It is gut-wrenching to think of leaving those wonderful clergy, religious and faithful as well as the many friends I have among peoples of other faiths and those of no faith."
When he was named a Cardinal last month, Tobin said he didn’t expect the appointment to affect his position in Indy, but said he would perform his duties elsewhere, if Pope Francis asked him to do so. You can view Monday’s press conference in its entirety below.