Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Robert McClory, 56, to be the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. The Diocese of Gary is in northwest Indiana, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, and has a Catholic population of 168,500 and a total population of 786,000. Bishop-elect McClory, currently serving as pastor and rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan, will be ordained as bishop and installed on February 11, 2020. He will succeed Bishop Donald Hying, who was appointed Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin in April of this year.
“I am honored and humbled that the Holy Father has appointed me as the bishop of Gary. During this week in which we celebrate Thanksgiving, my heart is full of gratitude that he has entrusted me to serve the people of northwest Indiana,” Bishop-elect McClory said. “I look forward to getting to know the needs of our local church and, together, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
Bishop-elect McClory was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 22, 1999. Prior to his assignment as pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Bishop-elect McClory served as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 2009–2018, Chancellor from 2003–2009 and Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida from 2002–2003. He also served as Pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish, Detroit, from 2011–2017; parochial vicar of St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township, from 2001–2002 and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Shelby Township, from 2000–2001; Weekend Associate at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Waterford, from 2002–2004 and St. Blase Parish, Sterling Heights from 2004–2011.
“Here in Monsignor McClory’s home diocese, he is recognized as a zealous priest who generously devotes all the talents God has blessed him with to the ministry of spreading the Gospel,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. “The pastors and people of the Church of Gary will find themselves blessed by his service. We, the priests, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit, send him on mission with our heartfelt prayers.”
Bishop-elect McClory graduated from Oakland University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication. He also holds a Master of Professional Studies in Economic Development from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. He practiced civil law in Michigan from 1991 to 1994.
He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1994 for philosophical studies. In 1998, he received a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and, in 2000, a Licentiate in Canon (Church) Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome.
Bishop-elect McClory is the second priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit to serve as Bishop of Gary. Bishop Dale Melczek, ordained for Detroit in 1964, led the Diocese of Gary from 1992 until his retirement in 2014.