Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary (Latin: Dioecesis Gariensis) is a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America. It was founded on December 17, 1956, by Pope Pius XII.[1][2] It is one of four suffragan dioceses of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Its ecclesiastic territory includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and Starke counties in northwestern Indiana. The mother church of the diocese is the Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary, Indiana.

Diocese of Gary

Dioecesis Gariensis
Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary.jpg
Cathedral of the Holy Angels
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary.svg
Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
TerritoryThe counties of Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke in Northwest Indiana
Ecclesiastical provinceIndianapolis
Area1,807 sq mi (4,680 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
185,550 (23.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 17, 1956 (63 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Holy Angels
Patron saintGuardian Angels
St. Matthias the Apostle
Secular priests105
Current leadership
BishopRobert John McClory
Bishops emeritusDale Joseph Melczek
Territory of the Diocese of Gary
Territory of the Diocese of Gary


During the first half of the 20th century, many Catholic immigrants came from Eastern Europe and Mexico to work in the region's growing steel industry.[3] A number of parishes were founded near the steel mills so that the newly arrived immigrants could celebrate Mass in their native languages. In 1956 the four counties of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and Starke belonged to the 18 county diocesan territory of the then named Diocese of Fort Wayne. On December 17, 1956, the region was stunned to learn of the announcement that came from they Holy See that a new diocese was to be erected from those four counties in Northwest Indiana and the newly created Diocese of Gary came into existence. On December 29, 1956, Pope Pius XII announced that he had named then Reverend Andrew Gregory Grutka, pastor of Holy Trinity parish, to be the first bishop of the new Gary diocese. The parish of the Holy Angels was selected to become the new cathedral for the diocese, and became the Cathedral of the Holy Angels. The new diocese, at its establishment, found itself with 129 active diocesan priests, 77 parishes, 60 parish schools and 135,485 Catholics, which was roughly 25 percent of the population of the four counties.

As of 2012, four parishes in the diocese still offered Mass in Polish, two parishes in Croatian, one in Hungarian, and one in Lithuanian. Fourteen parishes also offered Mass in Spanish. One location offered the 1962 form of the Roman-Rite Mass.[4]

Diocese todayEdit

Serving the diocese are 105 priests, 67 permanent deacons, 10 religious brothers, and 85 religious sisters who are members of various religious institutes.[5] These priests, deacons and persons religious serve a Catholic population in northwest Indiana of 186,420[2] in 73 parishes and missions.[4][6]

The diocese also operates several educational, medical, and social service organizations. Educational institutions include 17 elementary schools, 3 high schools, 1 college, and a Catholic student center at Valparaiso University.[7] The diocese also supervises six hospitals or medical centers, three homes for the aged, three protective homes, three cemeteries, and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary.[6]

On April 25, 2019, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald J. Hying Bishop of Madison and on November 26, 2019, Pope Francis appointed Detroit, Michigan priest Robert John McClory to succeed him.[8][9][10] He was both consecrated and installed as Bishop on February 11, 2020.[11]


  • Andrew Gregory Grutka (Appointed bishop on December 29, 1956. Retired on July 9, 1984. Bishop Grutka died on November 11, 1993.)
  • Norbert Felix Gaughan (Appointed bishop July 9, 1984. Retired on June 1, 1996. Bishop Gaughan died on October 1, 1999.)
  • Dale Joseph Melczek (Appointed Apostolic Administrator of the diocese on August 19, 1992 after Bishop Gaughan suffered a stroke. Was named coadjutor bishop of the diocese on October 28, 1995. Succeeded as diocesan bishop on June 1, 1996. Retired on November 24, 2014. He is the current bishop emeritus of the diocese.)
  • Donald J. Hying (Appointed on November 24, 2014. He served until April 25, 2019, when he was appointed 5th Bishop of Diocese of Madison.)
  • Robert John McClory (Appointed bishop on November 26, 2019. Installed on February 11, 2020.)

Coadjutor BishopsEdit

Other diocesan priest who became bishopEdit


The Superintendent of Catholic Schools is Dr. Joseph Majchrowicz, Ed.D.

Elementary schoolsEdit

Parishes run the following elementary and middle schools within the diocese:

(Note: No school is in the city of Gary)

  • St. Patrick, Chesterton[12]
  • St. Mary Catholic Community School, Crown Point[13]
  • St. Stanislaus, East Chicago
  • St. Mary, Griffith[14]
  • St. Casimir, Hammond
  • St. John Bosco, Hammond[15]
  • Our Lady of Grace, Highland[16]
  • Aquinas School at St. Andrew's, Merrillville
  • Notre Dame, Michigan City[17]
  • Queen of All Saints, Michigan City[18]
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City
  • St. Thomas More, Munster[19]
  • Nativity of Our Savior, Portage[20]
  • St. John the Evangelist, St. John[21]
  • St. Michael, Schererville[22]
  • St. Paul Catholic, Valparaiso[23]
  • St. John the Baptist, Whiting[24]

Secondary schoolsEdit

Operated by DioceseEdit



Extraordinary FormEdit

As of August 2017, the only Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the diocese is offered at the Carmelite Shrine in Munster on Saturday evenings. It was established on Saturday, August 25, 1990, at the recommendation of Bishop Norbert Gaughan. The Mass was featured in newspapers across the country when Summorum Pontificum was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI.[29]

Previously, a Traditional Latin Mass was available at St. Stanislaus in Michigan City on Sundays, but this Mass was discontinued when the celebrant died.[30] St. Joseph the Worker in Gary had a monthly Mass that was a hybrid of the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms.[clarification needed]

In 2015, the NWI Latin Mass Community was founded by laity to support and promote the Extraordinary Form in the Gary Diocese, with the particular goals of offering Sunday morning and Holy Day Masses in the Extraordinary Form, as well as fostering parish life for those who are attached to the older form of the Mass.[citation needed]

On January 1, 2018, a Solemn High Mass was offered at the Cathedral of the Holy Angels by Bishop Joseph Perry[citation needed], auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In 2018, the Institute of Christ the King began an apostolate at St. Joseph parish in Hammond, offering the Extraordinary Form on a weekly basis. St. Joseph parish in Dyer also holds a monthly mass in the Extraordinary Form.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Bishop's Office - Brief History of the Diocese page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  2. ^ a b "Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Bishop's Office - Gary Diocese Statistical Data page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  3. ^ Alicea, Marisa (June 1, 1994). "The Latino Immigration Experience: The Case of Mexicanos, Puertorriqueños, and Cubanos". In Padilla, Félix M. (ed.). Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Sociology, Volume 3. Arte Publico Press. pp. 38. ISBN 1558851011.
  4. ^ a b "Survey of individual parishes from the Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Parishes page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  5. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Clergy page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  6. ^ a b "Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Map of Diocese page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  7. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Gary website, Catholic Schools page, Retrieved 10 March 2012".
  8. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 26.09.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. November 26, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
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  12. ^ St. Patrick Catholic Community
  13. ^ St. Mary Catholic Church
  14. ^ St. Mary of Griffith
  15. ^ St. John Bosco - St. John Bosco - St. John Bosco parish and school in Hammond, Indiana USA
  16. ^ Our Lady of Grace School
  17. ^ Notre Dame Catholic Church & School
  18. ^ Queen of All Saints Catholic School, Michigan City, IN
  19. ^ St. Thomas More Elementary School | Munster, IN
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  23. ^ Saint Paul Catholic School
  24. ^ [4]
  25. ^ Home - Bishop Noll Institute
  26. ^ Andrean High School | Christ is my Teacher
  27. ^ [5]
  28. ^ CCSJ
  29. ^ "Latin Mass Fills Pews at Munster Monastery". NWI Times. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Gary Diocese Latin Mass". NWI Latin Mass Community. Retrieved 11 December 2016.

External linksEdit

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