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Pope Names CLSA Member to Vatican Office for Religious

Monday, August 2, 2010  
Posted by: Katie Richards
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has named U.S. Redemptorist Father Joseph W. Tobin to be secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The 58-year-old Detroit native will be ordained an archbishop, the Vatican said Aug. 2 announcing Father Tobin's new assignment.

While serving as superior general of the worldwide Redemptorist order from 1997 to 2009, Father Tobin also served as vice president of the Union of Superiors General and, for the last eight years of his term, was a member of the special council for relations between the union and the congregation for religious.

Archbishop-designate Tobin was born May 3, 1952, in Detroit. He made perpetual vows as a Redemptorist in 1976 and was ordained a priest two years later. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985.

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