New Gary Diocese Bishop Coming From Milwaukee

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November 24, 2014 —  (AP) — The 51-year-old auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee’s Catholic archdiocese will be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Gary.

Bishop-elect Donald Hying will be installed on January 6th to succeed 76-year-old Bishop Dale Melczek, who is retiring after 18 years leading the diocese.  His appointment was announced Monday morning by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop-elect Hying was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1989 and was rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary when he was named auxiliary bishop in 2011.

According to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website, Bishop Hying served as temporary administrator at St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee in 2006, then as dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, from 2005 to 2007. He was pastor at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee from 1999 to 2005 and St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee from 1998 to 1999. Bishop Hying also served as temporary administrator at St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998 and as a team member for La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1997. His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls from 1989 to 1994.

He is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin, the youngest of six sons.  He is a graduate of Marquette University.   He earned his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

The Diocese of Gary covers four counties and about 185,000 Catholics in northwest Indiana.


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