Pope Francis has named Bishop Donald J. Hying, the National Episcopal Advisor for SVDP, of Gary, Indiana, as the new Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin. He fills the vacancy left by the death last November of Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, who was 71.
Bishop Donald Hying, 55, was born on August 18, 1963, in West Allis, Wisconsin. He attended and received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis de Sales Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 20, 1989.
On July 20, 2011, Bishop Hying was ordained the seventh Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Prior to being named Auxiliary Bishop, he served as rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary from 2007 to 2011, appointed by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.
Bishop Hying was installed as the fourth Bishop of Gary on January 6, 2015. He has also served as the Episcopal Liaison for National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as Episcopal Advisor to the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is also a member of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the Committee on Catholic Education.
The Diocese of Madison comprises 8,046 square miles and has a total population of 1,052,835 million of which 286,047 or 27.17 percent, are Catholic.