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TOBIN-RELIGIOUS Aug-2-2010 (190 words) xxxi

Pope names US Redemptorist to Vatican office for religious

By Catholic News Service

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.

In late May, Pope Benedict named Father Tobin to the nine-member team scheduled to conduct an apostolic visitation of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse crisis there.

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.

After ministering in Detroit and Chicago, he was elected to the Redemptorists' general council in 1991 and served on the Rome-based council until his election as superior in 1997.

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