Gary bishop turns 75, offers pope his resignation

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gary has officially submitted his letter of resignation to the pope as required under church law at age 75.

Bishop Dale Melczek tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/1d7Kt6q) he doesn't expect Pope Francis to act immediately on his letter, saying it could be a few months or even a year before a successor is named.

Melczek will become the fifth bishop in Indiana to retire in recent years, all of them serving at least two decades. Melczek was ordained a priest in 1964 and consecrated an auxiliary bishop in his native Detroit in 1983. He assumed the post as the Gary diocese's third bishop in 1996.

Melczek says he will continue to serve the church through prayers and through helping parishes.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com