Donald J. Hying

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Donald Joseph Hying
Bishop of Gary
Archdiocese Indianapolis
Diocese Gary
Appointed November 24, 2014
Installed January 6, 2015
Predecessor Dale Joseph Melczek
Ordination May 20, 1989
by Rembert Weakland
Consecration July 20, 2011
by Jerome Edward Listecki, Richard J. Sklba, and Timothy M. Dolan
Personal details
Born (1963-08-18) August 18, 1963 (age 54)
West Allis, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Denomination Catholic Church
Parents Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased)
Previous post titular bishop of Regiae, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee (2011-2015)
Alma mater Marquette University, St. Francis Seminary
(Love Never Fails)
Styles of
Donald Joseph Hying
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Donald Joseph Hying (born August 18, 1963) is an American Roman Catholic prelate who is the fourth and incumbent bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. He was an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2011 to 2015.[1]


The youngest of six sons, Bishop Hying was born in West Allis, Wisconsin, to parents Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963. He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School. Hying received his bachelor's degree from Marquette University and his master's degree from St. Francis Seminary.

On May 20, 1989, Hying was ordained a priest for the Milwaukee Archdiocese by Archbishop Rembert Weakland. His first priestly assignment was as associate pastor for St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls, from 1989 to 1994. The then Fr. Hying served as a Team Member for La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic from 1994 to 1997. He returned to the United States and served as temporary administrator of St. Peter Parish (1998), then as associate pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee, from 1998 to 1999. He was then appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee from 1999 to 2005. In 2006, Fr. Hying served as temporary administrator of St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee in 2006. He then became the Dean of Formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2005 to 2007. He then was appointed as rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary by then Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan from 2007 until 2011.[2]

On May 26, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Hying titular bishop of Regiae and auxiliary bishop of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. He was consecrated on July 20, 2011.[3][4]

On November 24, 2014, Pope Francis named Bishop Hying as the 4th Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, to replace Bishop Dale Joseph Melczek, who had submitted his resignation as required when he reached the age of 75.[5] Hying's installation in Gary took place on January 6, 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bishop Donald J. Hying, Catholic Hierarchy
  2. ^ "Pope Francis names Donald Hying new bishop of Diocese of Gary". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Biographical Sketch
  4. ^ Appointment of Fr. Don Hying Archived March 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Pope appoints new Bishops for USA, South Africa". Vatican Radio. November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Dale Joseph Melczek
Bishop of Gary
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee
Succeeded by