Charles C. Thompson

Charles C. Thompson, D.D., J.C.L., (born April 11, 1961) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He has served as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Evansville in the state of Indiana since 2011.


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.


Pope Benedict XVI appointed Thompson as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Evansville on April 26, 2011. He was ordained a bishop by Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz on June 29, 2011 at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville. 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, of Evansville, Indiana.

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