On February 24, 2013, the second Sunday of Lent, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin celebrated Mass at Marian University.
It was the first time for him to celebrate Mass at the university. Father Bob Robeson, Rector of the Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary, concelebrated and assisted the archbishop during communion. Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Vice Rector of Bishop Simon Brute Seminary and Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Archbishop Tobin received a warm welcome from Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener, and he spoke to a packed house of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university.
“Marian University has been proud to serve the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in many ways for the past 75 years,” President Elsener said during his greeting. “We look forward to serving with Archbishop Tobin for many years to come.”
During his homily, Archbishop Tobin referred to the season of Lent as “basic training,” a message that resonated with his audience, especially those college students preparing to be lay leaders in the Church.
Following the Mass, more than 100 guests attended a special VIP reception for Archbishop Tobin in the Allison Mansion on the Marian University campus.