Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, 56, was ordained a bishop and installed as the fifth Bishop of Gary during a special Mass held at Holy Angels Cathedral on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, the feast of our Lady of Lourdes. More than 800 faithful, including family and friends, community leaders, deacons, religious, priests and bishops from across the country gathered to witness the ordination and installation.
Prior to his ordination, then-Monsignor McClory served as the pastor and rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Mich.
Born in Detroit, he is the youngest of four children of James and Ann McClory (both deceased). He attended Saint Francis DeSales grade school until his family moved to Royal Oak where he graduated from Saint Mary Grade School and Dondero High School.
In his previous assignments, Bishop McClory served as the vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In that capacity, he was the chief of staff for Archbishop Vigneron in coordinating the central offices of the archdiocese. He also served as the pastor of Presentation Our Lady of Victory parish in Detroit.
Until his appointment to the Diocese of Gary, Bishop McClory served on the Archdiocese of Detroit Episcopal Council, College of Consultors, Priest Assignment Board and New Evangelization Council. He also serves as the spiritual advisor to Detroit Team Eight for Teams of Our Lady, a marriage enrichment apostolate.
As a consultant with the Catholic Leadership Institute, he offered leadership training to priests, deacons, seminarians, parish and diocesan leaders. At Sacred Heart Major Seminary graduate school of theology in Detroit, he taught Introduction to Canon Law, Sacramental and Ecumenical Law, and the Theology and Law of Marriage.
Prior to becoming moderator of the curia, Bishop McClory served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit, administrative secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida, and as associate pastor at St. Isidore parish, Macomb Township and St. Therese of Lisieux parish, Shelby Township. He has been a weekend associate at Our Lady of the Lakes parish, Waterford; St. Blase parish, Sterling Heights; and St. Andrew parish, Rochester.
Bp. McClory studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He was then sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 1998 from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Bp. McClory completed his license in canon law at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2000. His thesis was entitled, “The Implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae in the United States.”
Bishop McClory was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Edmund Szoka in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on Oct. 8, 1998. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Maida at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit, on May 22, 1999. He was given the title of Monsignor and made a chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI on May 20, 2005.
Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop McClory earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from Oakland University, a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Columbia University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
He served on the boards of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Saint Catherine of Siena Academy in Wixom and Loyola High School in Detroit. He has been the spiritual advisor for the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit and chaplain to the Detroit Northeast Chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders and their spouses. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America and served as a member of the Committee on Civil and Canon Law. He has been a priest-observer for Region VI, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a third degree Knight of Columbus.