LAKE ORION, Michigan – Guest House congratulates Archbishop Joseph Tobin on being named a cardinal by Pope Francis this past Sunday. The Archbishop of Indianapolis, Tobin and the 17 other appointees will be elevated to cardinals in a special ceremony at the Vatican November 19.
In May 2016, Archbishop Tobin celebrated Mass on the Guest House campus in Lake Orion to mark the 60th Anniversary of the treatment center’s founding. A 1988 graduate of the Guest House program, Archbishop Tobin has been a keynote speaker at the Guest House Summer Leadership Conference several times and a speaker at the annual Bishop’s dinners in Rochester, Minnesota, and Detroit, Michigan. “He has been a great friend and supporter of Guest House over the years,” noted Guest House CEO, Robert Koval. “We are also happy to announce that the Doris J. & Donald L. Duchene Sr. Foundation has endowed a $25,000 fund for the treatment of Guest House clients in Archbishop Tobin’s honor.”
During a telephone interview with the National Catholic Reporter, Archbishop Tobin said that mercy is “an essential revelation of the true nature of God.” He spoke of mercy in the context of his own personal experience as a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 29 years.
According to the Global Sisters Report, Archbishop Tobin has a positive relationship with U.S. sisters stemming from his efforts to promote dialogue and resolve tensions between the Vatican and U.S. nuns who were subject of two separate Holy See investigations during the time Tobin was the Vatican’s Secretary to the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. He also has close ties to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Michigan. He had aunts and cousins who were members of the congregation; and, as a child, he was taught by the sisters at Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Detroit. In 1978, he returned to Holy Redeemer parish where he served on the pastoral staff for two decades.
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