Andrew Gregory Grutka

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Andrew Gregory Grutka
Bishop Andrew Gregory Grutka.jpg
Province Indianapolis
See Gary
In office February 25, 1957 - July 9, 1984
Predecessor Position established
Successor Norbert Felix Gaughan
Ordination December 5, 1933
by Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani
Consecration February 25, 1957
by Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
Personal details
Born November 17, 1908
Joliet, Illinois
Died November 11, 1993 (aged 84)
Valparaiso, Indiana
Buried Cathedral of the Holy Angels
Nationality American
Denomination Catholic Church
Styles of
Andrew Gregory Grutka
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Andrew Gregory Grutka (November 17, 1908 – November 11, 1993) was a 20th-century bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as first bishop of the Diocese of Gary in the state of Indiana from 1956-1984.


Born in Joliet, Illinois, Grutka studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College and was ordained a priest on December 5, 1933 by Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani for the Diocese of Fort Wayne. Father Grutka was serving as the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Gary[1] when on December 29, 1956 he was named bishop of the newly created Diocese of Gary by Pope Pius XII. He was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, Apostolic Delegate to the United States. Bishops John Patrick Cody, of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and Leo Aloysius Pursley of Fort Wayne were the principal co-consecrators. From 1962-1965, he attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council and was responsible for implementing the Council's reforms in the diocese. In 1959, Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana was named for his patron, Saint Andrew. He served the diocese for 28 years until Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation on July 9, 1984.[2]


After his resignation, Bishop Grutka remained active in the diocese, ministering to the people of the diocese at the pleasure of the new bishop. He died at his home on November 11, 1993, six days shy of his 85th birthday. He was entombed in the east transept of the diocesan cathedral.


  1. ^ "Brief History of the Diocese". Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  2. ^ "Bishop Andrew Gregory Grutka". Retrieved 2010-05-22.[self-published source]
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Gary
Succeeded by
Norbert Felix Gaughan