By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on November 04, 2016
In a historic moment for the Archdiocese of Newark, Archbishop John J. Myers on Monday is expected to announce his successor, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin, NJ Advance has learned.
Tobin, a moderate leader who has supported a greater role for women in the church, has also expressed the need for more dialogue over gay parishioners and sparred with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the resettlement of Syrian refugees..
Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis since October 2012, was named a cardinal by Pope Francis last month. The designation takes effect. Nov. 18.
The appointment would make him the first cardinal in the 163-year history of the archdiocese, which serves about 1.2 million Roman Catholics in Essex, Union, Hudson and Bergen counties.
He also would be the first member of a religious order to preside in Newark. Tobin was ordained a priest in the Redemporist order in 1978.