Carl Frederick Mengeling
|The Most Reverend
Carl Frederick Mengeling
|Appointed||November 7, 1995|
|Term ended||February 27, 2008|
|Ordination||May 25, 1957
by Bishop Andrew Grutka
|Consecration||January 25, 1996
by Adam Cardinal Maida
October 22, 1930|
|Parents||Carl and Augusta (née Huke) Mengeling|
|Motto||"He must increase."|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Carl Mengeling was born in Hammond, Indiana, as the second of the four children of Carl and Augusta (née Huke) Mengeling, both German immigrants. He was raised as a Lutheran but later baptized as a Catholic at the age of nine. Mengeling attended St. Mary Elementary School in Griffith, and graduated from Griffith High School in 1948, whence he entered St. Meinrad College and Seminary.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Andrew Grutka on May 25, 1957, as one of the first priests of the Diocese of Gary. Mengeling then served as associate pastor of St. Mark's Church in Gary until 1961. He then furthered his studies in Rome, where he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), obtaining his Licentiate of Sacred Theology, and the Alphonsian Academy, earning a Doctorate in Sacred Theology. He acted as a page during some of the sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) as well.
He was present at the opening session of the Second Vatican Council as a page. Also present were the first and second bishops of Lansing, namely Joseph H. Albers was there; and Alexander M. Zaleski.
Upon his return to the United States in 1964, Mengeling began teaching at Bishop Noll High School in Hammond, St. Joseph Calumet College in East Chicago, and St. Procopius Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He served as pastor of All Saints Parish in Hammond from 1968 to 1970, whence he became pastor of Holy Name Parish in Cedar Lake. Mengeling was pastor of Nativity of Our Savior in Portage (1971-1985) and later of St. Thomas More Parish in Munster (1985-1995). Raised to the rank of Monsignor in June 1984, he chaired the Diocesan Worship Commission and the Vocations Committee in Gary, as well as founding the diocesan Institute of Religion and chairing it for fourteen years. He also served on the Presbyteral Council, the Ecumenical Commission and the Permanent Diaconate Formation team.
On November 7, 1995, Mengeling was appointed the fourth Bishop of Lansing by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 25, 1996 from Adam Cardinal Maida, with Bishops Kenneth Povish and Dale Melczek serving as co-consecrators, in St. Mary Cathedral. Mengeling selected as his episcopal motto: "He must increase" (John 3:30).
During his tenure, the Bishop has opened several parochial schools and churches. He has also involved himself with the activities of Hispanic, Vietnamese, and African-American Catholics in his diocese. In response to sexual misconduct scandals among the clergy, he instituted the Virtus program in 2003 and has visited retreats for victims of sexual abuse. Also in 2003, he issued a statement on the war in Iraq, calling for "a swift end to hostilities and commitment to reconciliation..."
- Faith Magazine, History of Lansing diocese.
- Archdiocese of Lansing home page and history
- History of the bishops of Lansing, Archdiocese of Lansing home page and history
- USCCB. Statement of War in Iraq March 20, 2003
- Detroit auxiliary bishop will head Diocese of Lansing Flint Journal.
- Faith Magazine, Special edition, The Diocese of Lansing's fourth bishop retires Thank You Bishop Mengeling.
|Catholic Church titles|
Kenneth Joseph Povish
|Bishop of Lansing
Earl Alfred Boyea, Jr.