Archbishop Kurtz makes official appointment - Priest named vicar for Hispanic ministry, pastor of St. Rita, St. Luke

Fr. Mike Tobin

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has made the following appointments, effective June 17:

The Rev. T. Michael Tobin will be pastor of St. Rita and St. Luke Churches. These appointments will coincide with the termination of his responsibilities as pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Shelbyville, Ky., and St. John Chrysostom Church in Eminence, Ky.

Archbishop Kurtz has also named Father Tobin Vicar for Hispanic Ministry.

Father Tobin, a native of Sacramento, studied at the University of Louisville and The American College Seminary in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained on Aug. 7, 1993.

He completed post-graduate studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, earning a baccalaureate in canon law in 1993, a master’s in religious studies in 1992; and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1994 in dogmatic theology, Christology, and Protestant theology.

Father Tobin also served in the U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain Candidate’s Program and received an honorable discharge in July 1998 as a 1st Lieutenant.

Father Tobin was previously assigned to the following parishes:

He has served as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Hodgenville, Ky., St. Ann Church in Howardstown, Ky., St. Aloysius Church in Shepherdsville, Ky., and St. Benedict Church in Lebanon Junction, Ky.

He has served as associate pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, St. Benedict, St. Pius X Church, St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, Ky., and St. Margaret Mary Church.

At Our Lady of Mercy and St. Ann, Father Tobin founded Hispanic ministry in LaRue and Hardin counties.

Father Tobin completed the Mini-Pastoral Program, at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio in 2000; the Immersion Program at the Center for International Resources in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2001; and Intensive Pastoral Spanish (intermediate plus) in San Antonio in 2002.

He has also served the Archdiocese of Louisville as a judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal.

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