Open main menu

Charles Coleman Thompson (born April 11, 1961) is a prelate of the Catholic Church in the United States. He is the Archbishop of Indianapolis. He served as the bishop of Evansville, Indiana, from 2011 to 2017.

Charles Coleman Thompson
Archbishop of Indianapolis
AppointedJune 13, 2017
InstalledJuly 28, 2017
PredecessorJoseph W. Tobin
OrdinationMay 30, 1987
by Thomas C. Kelly
ConsecrationJune 29, 2011
by Joseph Edward Kurtz, Daniel M. Buechlein, Thomas C. Kelly, and Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger
Personal details
Born (1961-04-11) April 11, 1961 (age 58)
Louisville, Kentucky
DenominationCatholic Church
Styles of
Charles Coleman Thompson
Coat of arms of Charles Coleman Thompson (Indianapolis).svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop



Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Bellarmine College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting. He earned a master of divinity degree at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and a licentiate in canon law at St. Paul University.

From his ordination in 1987 until 1990 he served as associate pastor at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Bardstown, Kentucky and as chaplain at Bethlehem High School. In 1992 he resumed work part-time as an associate pastor at St. Francis of Assisi in Louisville. In 1993 he was named Metropolitan Vicar and Director of Tribunals. He administered St. Peter Claver in Louisville from 1994 to 1996 and also served as a chaplain for the Presentation Academy in Louisville from 1995 to 1997. In 1996 he was relocated to St. Augustine in Lebanon, Kentucky as pastor. He was named Defender of the Bond and Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal in 1998. He was transferred in 2002 to Holy Trinity in Louisville as pastor, around which time he became chaplain of Sacred Heart Academy. He was named Vicar General in 2008. Thompson served as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Louisville and pastored at Holy Trinity in Louisville.[1]


Pope Benedict XVI appointed Thompson as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Evansville on April 26, 2011.[1] He was consecrated by Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz on June 29, 2011 at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville.[2] The principal co-consecrators were Archbishops Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB of Indianapolis, Thomas C. Kelly, OP, Archbishop Emeritus of Louisville and Bishop Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger, Bishop Emeritus of Evansville.

Pope Francis named him Archbishop of Indianapolis on June 13, 2017.[3] He was installed on July 28, 2017.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Pope names Louisville, Kentucky vicar general to succeed Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger of Evansville, Indiana". The Message Online. April 26, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Corrigan, Sara Anne. "Catholic Church turns to tradition in installation of new bishop". Evansville Courier & Press (June 28, 2011). Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pope names Thompson Indianapolis archbishop". Star Tribune. Associated Press. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archbishop of Indianapolis Charles C. Thompson is installed". IndyStar. July 28, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.

External linksEdit

Episcopal successionEdit