On May 27, 1967, Rev. Theodore J. Mens was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Gary at Holy Angels Cathedral. We celebrate and congratulate Father Mens on his 50th anniversary of his ordination on May 27, 2017.
Father Mens is the pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic School in Griffith since 1993 and administrator of St. Ann Catholic Church in Gary. Still going strong 50 years later, Father Mens is the director of pro-Life activities for the Diocese of Gary since 1975, Faithful Friar for the Knights of Columbus Councils #3631 in Griffith, Unity Council #726 in Hammond, The Abraham Lincoln Assembly #235, and the past Indiana State Chaplain for the Knights. He is a member of the Griffith Clergy Association and Police Chaplain for the Town of Griffith.
Every year on Dec. 6, Father Mens transforms himself into Saint Nicholas, distributing candy canes to all good girls and boys in the parish and can be seen wearing his infamous cowboy hat during the parishes Western Days Festival. Besides all the sacramental duties he has performed in his 50 years, Father Mens has counseled many parishioners throughout the years, helped feed the hungry, helped clothe and housed the homeless, aided young women in crisis pregnancies and visited and comforted the sick and elderly by the thousands. He has wept for the 58 million aborted unborn babies. God bless you Father Mens for all that you do in dedicated service to God and to his people!
The Parishioners of St. Mary and St. Ann Parishes!