The Diocese of Gary is currently without a bishop.
Bishop Donald J. Hying
Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, installed as the Fourth Bishop of Gary on January 6, 2015, was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989. On July 20, 2011, he was ordained the seventh Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Prior to being named auxiliary bishop, Bishop Hying served as rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2007 to 2011, appointed by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.
Bishop Hying is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin. He was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963, and is the youngest of six sons. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School and Marquette University. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.
Bishop Hying serves as the Episcopal Liaison for National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as Episcopal Advisor to the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is also a member of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe and the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Committee on Catholic Education.
Following are links to Bishop Hying’s featured Pastoral Letters:
Bishop Emeritus Dale J. Melczek was born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 9, 1938. Cardinal Dearden ordained him to the priesthood on June 6, 1964. On December 3, 1982, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit. Cardinal Szoka ordained him bishop on January 27, 1983. In 1987, he was the director of the Pope John Paul II’s visit to Detroit. On August 19, 1992, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Emeritus Melczek to the Diocese of Gary.
Bishop Emeritus Melczek has served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the Human Values Committee, Nominations Committee, Committee on the Diaconate, Committee on Marriage and the Family, Agenda Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Religious Life and Ministry Committee, Committee on Social Development and World Peace, International Policy, Administrative Board, Ad Hoc Committee for Central and Eastern Europe, and the Committee on Economic Concerns of the Holy See. He chaired the Bishops’ Committee on the Diaconate as well as the Nominations Committee. From November 2002 to November 2005, Bishop Emeritus Melczek served as Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on the Laity.
Bishop Emeritus Melczek served as a member of the Joint Committee of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Bishops. He also served as episcopal liaison to the National Association of Catholic Chaplains from 2002-2007.
In November 1996, Bishop Emeritus Melczek was elected to the Board of Catholic Relief Services. In August 1997, he spent two weeks in the Philippines, and during the summer of 1998, he visited Myanmar and Cambodia. From June 29 to July 11, 1999, Bishop Emeritus Melczek visited the Catholic Relief Services’ projects in Indonesia and East Timor; from August 6 to 16, 2000, he visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville; from June 24 to July 2, 2001, he visited Angola; and from June 20 to 26, 2002, he visited Tanzania. Each trip was on behalf of CRS.
In 2002, Bishop Emeritus Melczek began to address the sin of racism in Northwest Indiana as a major priority with his first Pastoral Letter, “The Many Faces of Our Church: a Pastoral Letter on Cultural Diversity.” In the parish-based discussions that followed the issuance of the Letter, Catholics came together to examine the contributions of their diverse cultures to the Church and to society. The following year, Bishop Emeritus Melczek wrote his Pastoral Letter “Created in God’s Image: a Pastoral Letter on the Sin of Racism and a Call to Conversion.” This second Letter was also discussed in parish-based small faith-sharing groups. These were followed with listening sessions in four areas of the diocese and with a Rite of Atonement in the Cathedral.
Bishop Emeritus Melczek co-chaired the Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana from 2002-2007.
On the occasion of Bishop Melczek's 75th birthday, in November of 2014, Pope Francis accepted his resignation. He now serves as "Bishop Emeritus" of the Diocese of Gary and administrator of St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Gary.
Following are links to Bishop Emeritus Melczek’s featured Pastoral Letters:
- Bishop's Letter on HHS Ruling (PDF)
- Created In God's Image - August 6, 2003 (PDF)
- The Many Faces of our Church: A Letter to our Catholic Faithful Regarding our Cultural Diversity (PDF)
- Marriage as Covenant between one Man & One Woman: A Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Indiana (English PDF) En Español (PDF)
- Help Save Our Religious Freedom (English PDF) - Click here En Español (PDF)
- Bishop's Letter on HHS Ruling (PDF)
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