Born 3 May 1952 in Detroit Michigan, the eldest of thirteen children of Joseph W. Tobin (†January 28, 1977) and Marie Terese Kerwin.
Baptized May 8, 1952 at Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit.
1958-66: Holy Redeemer Elementary School (Detroit)
1966-70: St. Joseph’s Prep College (Edgerton, Wisconsin)
1970-75: Holy Redeemer College (Waterford, Wisconsin), BA Philosophy (1975).
1977-79: Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary (Esopus, NY), Masters Religious Education (1977); Masters Divinity (1979).
Religious Profession and Ordination
August 5, 1973: professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists)
August 21, 1976: perpetual vows
April 30, 1978: ordination to diaconate
June 1, 1978: ordination to priesthood
October 9, 2010: ordination to episcopate
June 1979 – July 1984: associate pastor, Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit MI; principal responsibility was the pastoral service to the Hispanic community; occasional service as retreat preacher, Cursillos de Cristiandad and youth ministry. Other responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Detroit: episcopal vicar (1980-86), presbyteral council (1985-90), official in the metropolitan tribunal (part-time, 1980-90).
July 1984 – July 1990: pastor, Holy Redeemer Parish.
July 1990 – October 1991: pastor, St. Alphonsus Parish, Chicago IL
Responsibilities within the Redemptorist Congregation
1984-1990: Provincial Consultor
1991-1997: General Consultor (Rome)
1997-2009: Superior General (Rome)
August 2, 2010: named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Archbishop Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and as titular bishop of Obba.
October 18, 2012: named by Pope Benedict XVI as Archbishop of Indianapolis.
December 3, 2012: installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral
October 9, 2016: named a Cardinal by Pope Francis; title made official on November 19
November 7, 2016: appointed as the Archbishop of Newark, N.J.
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese; reads several other languages.
Appointed by Holy Father to five Synods of Bishops (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2008).