Norbert Felix Gaughan

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Norbert Felix Gaughan (May 30, 1921 – October 1, 1999) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as auxiliary bishop of Diocese of Greensburg in the state of Pennsylvania from 1975–1984, and bishop of the Diocese of Gary in the state of Indiana from 1984-1996.[1]


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he was ordained a Catholic priest on November 4, 1945 for the Diocese of Greensburg. On April 2, 1975 he was named Titular Bishop of Taraqua and Auxiliary Bishop of Greensburg by Pope Paul VI. He was ordained a bishop by Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg. Bishops Cyril John Vogel, of Salina and John Bernard McDowell an auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh, were the principal co-consecrators. He served the diocese as an auxiliary for nine years until Pope John Paul II named him the second bishop of Gary on July 24, 1984. He served the Gary diocese as its bishop for a total of 12 years.[2] However, in February 1992, Bishop Gaughan suffered a debilitating stroke. Because of his health situation, the pope appointed Bishop Dale Joseph Melczek, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, to be the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese. On October 28, 1995 the pope appointed Bishop Melczek to be the coadjutor bishop of the diocese. On June 1, 1996 the Holy See accepted Bishop Gaughan's resignation.[3]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Gary United States". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Norbert Felix Gaughan". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Brief History of the Diocese". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Andrew Gregory Grutka
Bishop of Gary
Succeeded by
Dale Joseph Melczek