Father James W.
Meade passed away suddenly on October 28, 2020.
He was born April
12, 1960, the son of James H. and Mary P. (nee Currie) Meade.
He attended St.
Joseph Catholic Grade School, Dyer, IN, and was a 1978 graduate of Lake
Central High School. Father Meade attended seminary at St. Meinrad College
and pursued hi theological studies at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas
while residing at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. He
was ordained a Catholic priest in 1986. He furthered hi education as an
adult and received his law degree from Indiana University.
In his many years
in the priesthood Father Meade has numerous assignments in the Gary Diocese,
the latest serving 16 years as pastor at St. Patrick’s, Chesterton and the
past two years as pastor of SS. Pets and Paul, St. Joan of Arc, and St.
Andrew’s in Merrillville. He held many positions in the Diocesan Marriage
Tribunal, currently serving as Judicial Vicar of the Diocese.
Father Meade was
preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary.
He is survived by
his sisters, Grace (Dennis) Mertes, Laura (Callie) LaVal, niece, Lindsey
Laval, his fellow priests and all his parishioners a friends who knew and
A Memorial Mass
will held Friday, November 6, 2020, at St. Peter and Paul Church.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, seating will be by invitation only.
greatest joy was serving his parishioners. And so, as he would say, “and so
on and so forth.”