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Franciscan Health Dyer: Hundreds of Area Students Attend Respect Life Program

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-Hundreds-of-Area-Students-Attend-Respect-Life-Program-2017Most Rev. Donald Hying, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gary, delivers a message of life, hope, acceptance and love to a crowd of about 1,200 area school students and faculty during a 31st annual Prayer Service in Celebration of Life at Franciscan Health Dyer Oct. 4, conducted during national Respect Life Month. The theme of this year’s event, Be Not Afraid, was accentuated by remarks made by guest speaker Matt Schwartz, theological consultant for the Parish Success Group, a national Catholic ministry training and coaching agency, who stressed the good in each individual and the need to elevate the spirit and worth of others.

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NWI Great News Show: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary, Bishop Donald J. Hying, On Faith, an Ever Changing Church, the Pope, and the Beautiful People of NWI

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Bishop Donald J. Hying of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary recently met with Ideas in Motion Media (IIMM) Founder Chris Mahlmann, in the Great News Studio for an NWI Great News Show interview. Topics and questions included working with the public to spread the faith and the state of a very changing church.

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New Portage Church Targets Busy Millennials

The-Well-ACC-LogoThe Well, a Christian Community has served the city of Portage for nine months. In an effort to reach busy millennials and families, the church is changing its Gathering time (worship service) to Saturday evenings at 6 pm. In an age when young people are leaving the church, The Well is determined to reach those who might attend church if only it weren’t held on Sunday mornings. Pastor Kevin August says the new non-traditional Gathering time will fit better with the busy schedules of people’s lives. “We know that people have obligations on the weekend such as work, sports, birthday parties, and family dinners, but they can still have a meaningful worship experience with God.”

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Franciscan Health Dyer's Family Health Center and Women’s Specialty Center Receive Blessings

franciscan-dyer-blessings-2017The Rev. Francis Tebbe, director of spiritual services for Franciscan Health Dyer, Hammond and Munster, blesses with holy water expanded locations of the Dyer hospital’s Family Health Center and Women’s Specialty Center, during a recent, packed celebration over which he presided.

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St. Peter Lutheran Church Announces New Assistant Music Director

St-Peter-Mario-SamaniegoSt. Peter Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Portage, Indiana, joyfully announces that Mario Samaniego has joined their Music Department as Assistant Music Director. He plays keyboards, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, drums and also sings.

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Bishop Makes Pastoral Visit to St. Catherine Hospital

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Bishop Donald J. Hying visited St. Catherine Hospital on Monday, Feb. 13, as one of several stops in Northwest Indiana to observe the World Day of the Sick.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Feast of St. Francis Brings Blessings to Pets, Children, the Elderly

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Feast-of-St-Francis-Brings-Blessings-to-Pets-Children-the-ElderlyThe Rev. Anthony Janik, director of spiritual care services at Franciscan Health Crown Point, prays over Kimber the canine during a 15th-annual Blessing of Children, the Elderly and Pets on Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis.

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St. Peter Lutheran Church Installs New Minister by Linda Lemond

St-Peter-Lutheran-Church-Installs-New-Minister-by-Linda-Lemond-01St. Peter Lutheran Church of Portage, Indiana, joyfully announces the installation of the Reverend Benjamin Thomas Ahlersmeyer as its new minister. Pastor Ben was installed July 31, 2016, with many local ministers, congregational members, friends, family members and visitors in attendance.

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Kids Town Pays a Visit to Portage


Chesterton is too small for the hearts of the Road to Life Ministry so from August 2nd through the 4th they are taking their love and their gospel out into the region. Kids Town Live is a special edition of the weekly Sunday School program the church offers its youth. Day one invited the Portage community to join in on the fun at our own Woodland Park.

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Franciscan Health-Munster: Bishop Blesses, Dedicates New Hospital Chapel, Altar

Franciscan-Health-Munster-Bishop-blesses-dedicates-new-hospital-chapel-altar-2016Most Rev. Donald J. Hying, archbishop of the Gary Catholic Diocese, blesses with holy water attendees at a Rite of Blessing of the Altar and Dedication of the Chapel ceremony on Feb. 9 at Franciscan Health-Munster. The newly completed hospital chapel is named in honor of Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health Celebrates Pastoral Care Week

Franciscan-St-Margaret-Health-Celebrates-Pastoral-Care-WeekMost Rev. Donald J. Hying, bishop of the Gary Catholic Diocese, was keynote speaker at a Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Hammond dinner program for clergy and spiritual care workers from area churches and hospitals Oct. 27. The dinner was in conjunction with the celebration of Pastoral Care Week (Oct. 25-31). Pastoral Care Week dates back to the 1980s, when the National Association of Catholic Chaplains adopted a resolution setting aside a week in which to celebrate and honor all those who participate in the pastoral/spiritual care ministries.

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