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Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary

Diocese of Gary
Dioecesis Gariensis
Country United States
Territory The counties of Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke in Northwest Indiana
Ecclesiastical province Indianapolis
Area 1,807 sq mi (4,680 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
185,550 (23.8%)
Parishes 73
Churches 72
Schools 22
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 17, 1956 (58 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Angels
Patron saint Guardian Angels
St. Matthias the Apostle
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Emeritus Bishops Dale Joseph Melczek
Territory of the Diocese of Gary
Territory of the 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.


  • History 1
  • Diocese today 2
  • Bishops 3
  • Education 4
    • Elementary schools 4.1
    • Secondary schools 4.2
      • Operated by Diocese 4.2.1
      • Independent 4.2.2
    • Colleges 4.3
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.

As of 2012, four parishes in the diocese still offer Mass in Polish, two parishes in Croatian, one in Hungarian, and one in Lithuanian. Fourteen parishes also offer Mass in Spanish. One parish offers a Tridentine Mass in Latin.[4]

Diocese today

Cathedral of the Holy Angels in Gary
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.[6][4]

The diocese also operates several educational, medical, and social service organizations. Educational institutions include 18 elementary schools, 3 high schools (one of which has an 8th grade prep academy), 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]

Following the retirement of Bishop Dale Joseph Melczek on November 24, 2014, the diocese is sede vacante.

On November 24, 2014, Bishop Donald J. Hying, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, replacing Bishop Melczek. Bishop Hying's installation in Gary is scheduled for January 6, 2015.


The list of bishops and their terms of service:

  1. Andrew Gregory Grutka (1956–1984)
  2. Norbert Felix Gaughan (1984–1996)
  3. Dale Joseph Melczek (1996—2014)


The Superintendent of Catholic Schools is Barbara M. O'Block.

Elementary schools

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

  • St. Patrick, Chesterton[8]
  • St. Mary Catholic Community School,Crown Point[9]
  • St. Stanislaus, East Chicago
  • St. Mary, Griffith[10]
  • Bishop Noll Prep Academy, Hammond
  • St. Casimir, Hammond
  • St. John Bosco, Hammond[11]
  • Our Lady of Grace, Highland[12]
  • Aquinas School at St. Andrew's, Merrillville
  • Notre Dame, Michigan City[13]
  • Queen of All Saints, Michigan City[14]
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City
  • St. Thomas More, Munster[15]
  • Nativity of Our Savior, Portage[16]
  • St. John the Evangelist, St. John[17]
  • St. Michael, Schererville[18]
  • St. Paul Catholic, Valparaiso[19]
  • St. John the Baptist, Whiting[20]

Secondary schools

Operated by Diocese



See also


  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. Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Sociology, Volume 3. Arte Publico Press. p. 38.  
  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". 
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  12. ^ Our Lady of Grace School
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External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary Home Page
  • Weekly Roman Catholic Newspaper for Diocese of Gary Home Page

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