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Vatican Names Charles Thompson Next Indy Archbishop

Posted On June 13, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Charles C. Thompson was announced as the new Archbishop of Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 13. Photo via Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Catholics in southeastern Indiana will be introduced to their new archbishop Tuesday.

Pope Francis has named Bishop Charles C. Thompson of Evansville as the seventh archbishop of Indianapolis. Thompson will be introduced at a 10:00 a.m news conference which will be streamed live online at www.archindy.org.

Local Catholic churches have been without an archbishop since last year when the Vatican made Archbishop Joseph Tobin a cardinal and sent him to serve as the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. Tobin began that role in January.

Thompson, a 56-year-old Louisville native, joined the priesthood in 1987 by leading the Cathedral of Assumption. He has also taught canon law at the Saint Meinrad School of Theology, where he studied. Thompson was ordained as the fifth bishop of Evansville in 2011.

An installation mass for Thompson is scheduled for Friday, July 28. At that mass, he will also receive the Pallium, the insignia of his role as Metropolitan of the Indiana Province.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis comprises 130 parishes, 69 schools, six Catholic Charities agencies and many offices of ministry across central and southern Indiana.

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