November 30, 2012

Archbishop Tobin reflects on his initial reaction to being appointed the next archbishop of Indianapolis

In Conversation with Archbishop Tobin logo“One of my favorite definitions for faith is ‘an openness to be surprised by God.’ I was certainly surprised to receive this assignment. But I believe that if the surprise comes from God, then I accept it in faith. And I believe that.

“I was very happy doing what I was doing. But I think that’s been true in most of the places where I’ve been. I’ve always identified with those scenes at the end of the Acts of the Apostles where Paul and the people weep when they have to say goodbye to each other. Any good missionary should know that experience.

“Then the next question was to try and be open and to realize that there’s going to be a steep learning curve here.” †

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