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Father James W. Meade passes away

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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 loved him.

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.

Father Mead’s greatest joy was serving his parishioners. And so, as he would say, “and so on and so forth.”


Posted 11/5/2020




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