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A pastoral letter by Bishop Donald J. Hying   Carta pastoral del Obispo Donald J. Hying



Bishop Donald J. Hying, Fourth Bishop of Gary

Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of GaryOn November 24, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald J. Hying as the fourth bishop of Gary and simultaneously accepted the resignation of Bishop Dale J. Melczek as Gary’s third bishop.  Bishop Melczek reached the age limit as specified by Church law in 2013.

The sixth child, all boys born to Albert and Catherine Hying, Bishop Hying, a native of West Allis, Wisconsin, was ordained to the priesthood for the archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1989, where he served in numerous parishes, as well as La Sagrada Familia, the archdiocese’s parish in the Dominican Republic.  Additionally he served as dean of formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary where he was later appointed rector, serving there until Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee in 2011.

Fluent in Spanish, Bishop Hying’s missionary experience brings a strong sense of understanding and compassion to many of the faithful in the Diocese of Gary.  Please keep him and Bishop Emeritus Dale J. Melczek in your prayers as we move our diocese forward into the future.



As members of the Body of Christ, the people of the Roman Catholic community of the  Diocese of Gary, diverse but united  through Baptism and empowered by the Holy Spirit, nourished by Word and Sacrament, are called to continue the mission of Jesus by being a sign and instrument of God’s kingdom of truth, peace, justice, and love.