His Eminence, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and earned Masters Degrees in Religious Education in 1977 and Divinity in 1979. In 1973, he professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists. In 1976, he professed perpetual vows with the Community. In 1978, he was ordained to both the diaconate and the priesthood.
From 1979 to 1989, Father Tobin served in a number of parish and diocesan assignments within the Archdiocese of Detroit, including: Episcopal Vicar; member of the Presbyteral Council, and; official in the Metropolitan Tribunal. In 1990, he served as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago.
Within the Redemptorist Community, Father Tobin served as a Provincial Consultor, General Consultor of the Community in Rome, and Superior General. In 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin to the Roman Curia post of Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSA), and titular Archbishop of Obba. In October 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis. His Holiness, Pope Francis, named him to the College of Cardinals on October 9, 2016. In November 2016, Pope Francis named Joseph William Cardinal Tobin to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark.
Cardinal Tobin speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, and reads several other languages. He has participated in five Synods of Bishops, and has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1985.