Clergy - Deacons

The diaconate is the first order or grade in ordained ministry.  Any man who is to be ordained to the priesthood must first be ordained as a transitional deacon.  Deacons serve in the ministries of liturgy, Word, and charity.

In 1979 the Diocese of Gary instituted a formation program for deacon candidates.   The first permanent deacons were ordained in 1981.  Deacons were also ordained in 1982, 1983, 2000, 2003 and 2007. 

Liturgically, deacons can officiate at baptisms, weddings, wake services and funerals, and, when properly trained, preach.  In addition, deacons can engage in other ministries, e.g., prisons, religious education, youth, etc.

Deacon Name Parish in which serving as deacon City  
Deacon John Bacon Holy Name Parish Cedar Lake, IN Deacon John Bacon
Deacon David A. Bergstedt St. Paul Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon David A. Bergstedt
Deacon Edwin J. Bodley St. John the Evangelist Parish St. John, IN Deacon Edwin J. Bodley
Deacon Martin Brown St. Casimir Parish Hammond, IN Deacon Martin Brown
Deacon Robert J. Bucheit St. Joseph Parish LaPorte, IN Deacon Robert J. Bucheit
Deacon James Caristi St. Paul Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon James Caristi
Deacon Duane W. Dedelow St. Joseph & St. John Bosco Parish Hammond, IN Deacon Duane W. Dedelow
Deacon Kim E. Eaton St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon Kim E. Eaton
Deacon Gregory G. Fabian St. Matthias Parish Crown Point, IN Deacon Gregory G. Fabian
Deacon Michael Foster St. Paul Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon Michael Foster
Deacon Stephen K. Grandfield Nativity of Our Savior Parish Portage, IN Deacon Stephen K. Grandfield
Deacon Michael J. Green St. Francis Xavier Parish Lake Station, IN Deacon Michael J. Green
Deacon Thomas Gryzbek St. Andrew Parish Merrillville, IN Deacon Thomas Gryzbek
Deacon Dennis Guernsey Nativity of Our Savior Parish Portage, IN Deacon Dennis Guernsey
Deacon Michael Halas St. James the Less Parish Highland, IN Deacon Michael Halas
Deacon William R. Hathaway St. Edward Parish Lowell, IN Deacon William R. Hathaway
Deacon Christopher Hawkins St. Peter Parish LaPorte, IN Deacon Christopher Hawkins
Deacon Michael L. Hogan St. James the Less Parish Highland, IN Deacon M. Hogan
Deacon Ralph J. Huber, Jr. Our Lady of Consolation Parish Merrillville, IN Deacon Ralph J. Huber, Jr.
Deacon Richard Huber Nativity of Our Savior Parish Portage, IN Deacon Richard Huber
Deacon David J. Kapala St. Thomas More Parish Munster, IN Deacon David J. Kapala
Deacon Jim F. Knopf St. Mary Parish Kouts, IN Deacon Jim F. Knopf
Deacon Paul Krilich St. John the Evangelist Parish St. John, IN Deacon Paul Krilich
Deacon Jack Krol St. Michael Parish Schererville, IN Deacon Jack Krol
Deacon Thomas R. Kubik Holy Name Parish Cedar Lake, IN Deacon Thomas R. Kubik
Deacon Robert J. Litavecz St. Stephen, Martyr Parish Merrillville, IN Deacon Robert J. Litavecz
Deacon Daniel L. Lowery St. Mary Parish Crown Point, IN Deacon Daniel L. Lowery
Deacon Felipe Maldonado St. Mary Parish East Chicago, IN Deacon Felipe Maldonado
Deacon Joseph Manchak St. John the Baptist Parish Whiting, IN Deacon Joseph Manchak
Deacon Robert W. Marben St. Teresa of Avila Student Center Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon Robert W. Marben
Deacon Christopher McIntire St. Joseph the Worker
St. Mark
Gary, IN Deacon Deacon Christopher McIntire
Deacon Roberto Mendoza St. Edward Parish Lowell, IN Deacon Roberto Mendoza
Deacon Phillip L. Muvich St. Maria Goretti Parish Dyer, IN Deacon Phillip L. Muvich
Deacon Jeffery L. Newburn Sacred Heart Parish
St. Martin of Tours
St. Mary Parish
Wanatah, IN
LaCrosse, IN
Otis, IN
Deacon Jeffery L. Newburn
Deacon Brian Nosbusch St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon Brian Nosbusch
Deacon Michael Prendergast St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Valparaiso, IN Deacon Michael Prendergast
Deacon Ronald L. Pyle St. Michael Parish Schererville, IN Deacon Ronald L. Pyle
Deacon Juan Rodriguez St. Margaret Mary Parish Parish Hammond, IN Deacon Juan Rodriguez
Deacon William P. Sayre St. John the Evangelist Parish St. John, IN Deacon William P. Sayre
Deacon Jose A. Serrano-Galarza Holy Angels Cathedral Parish Gary, IN Deacon Jose A. Serrano Galarza
Deacon Ed Shultz St. John the Evangelist Parish St. John, IN Deacon Ed Shultz
Deacon Joseph V. Stodola III St. Thomas More Parish Munster, IN Deacon Joseph V. Stodola
Deacon Dale Walsh Sacred Heart Parish
St. Martin of Tours
St. Mary Parish
Wanatah, IN
LaCrosse, IN
Otis, IN
Deacon Dale Walsh
Deacon Dale P. Webdell Assumption of the BVM Parish New Chicago, IN Deacon Dale P. Webdell
Deacon Frank J. Zolvinski Sacred Heart Parish LaPorte, IN Deacon Frank J. Zolvinski
Deacon Steven Zubel St. Joan of Arc Parish Merrillville, IN Deacon Steven Zubel
Deacon Daniel Zurawski St. Thomas More Parish Munster, IN Deacon Daniel Zurawski

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