Bishop Charles C. Thompson of Evansville has been named by Pope Francis as the 7th Archbishop of Indianapolis. He spoke Tuesday about how he heard the news.
“Archbishop Christophe Pierre began by saying this is a great day for you…and he said the Holy Father appointed me as Archbishop of Indianapolis, and he asked me if I knew where that was (laughter) and I said yes," Thompson says. "He said it’s your neighbor—and I said yes, yes, I know.”
The 56-year-old was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville in May 1987. He says he looks forward to serving in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
"Together, we will build on the incredible foundation that already exists, striving to discern the signs of the times and make every effort to participate in framing the essential questions of faith and life, in order promote a shared vision rooted in Word, Sacrament and Service that enables us to respond rather than react to opportunities and challenges," Thompson says.
Thompson’s installation mass is scheduled for July 28, when he will also receive the Pallium, the insignia of his role as Metropolitan of the Indiana Province.
He succeeds Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who relocated to New Jersey.