The College of
Consultors of the Diocese of Gary has elected Rev. Michael J. Yadron, pastor
of St. Thomas More in Munster, to serve as Diocesan Administrator until Pope
Francis appoints a new bishop to the diocese.
As required by
canon law, the College of Consultors must elect an administrator within
eight days of the diocesan see being vacant, which occurred when Bishop
Donald J. Hying was installed as Bishop of Madison in Wisconsin on June 25.
Father Yadron will
continue in his ministry as pastor of St. Thomas More while serving as
administrator for the Diocese of Gary, the Diocese of Gary announced in a
statement released on Thursday.
Shortly after being
elected as administrator, Father Yadron expressed his commitment to
collaborate while serving from “behind the scenes.”
“The faithful can
be assured that canon law provides for the absence of a bishop,” Father
Yadron said. “Immediately upon the vacancy of the see, the College of
Consultors were empowered to oversee diocesan operations. As the
administrator, it becomes my responsibility to make certain the diocese
continues to function until a new bishop is named.”
According to Canon
Law 427, a diocesan administrator has the obligations and most of the power
of a diocesan bishop. The administrator is to help the diocese function as
it has been under the previous diocesan bishop and to refrain from
innovations. The principle guideline for the administrator is continuity.
Father Yadron was
born in East Chicago, and attended St. Mary Parish in Griffith. He was
educated at St. Meinrad College in St. Meinrad, Ind., and St. Mary of the
Lake Seminary in Illinois. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1983
at Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, Bishop Andrew G. Grutka presiding.
interim period Father Yadron shared, “I have every confidence that the
diocesan pastoral staff, College of Consultors, priests, religious, deacons
and laity will come together to pray and work as we await the pope’s
announcement of the fifth bishop of Gary.”