Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Robert J Gilday

Pastor

317-357-8352, ext 35

frbob@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown:  Indianapolis, IN

About Fr. Bob: Fr. Bob, the son of James and Delia (Dugan) Gilday, was born on August 6, 1949.  In 1952, his family moved from St. Philip Parish to Little Flower Parish.  Fr. Bob is a 1963 graduate of Little Flower Catholic School.  From the time he was in first grade, he knew he wanted to become a priest.  Therefore, after graduation from Little Flower, he attended the Latin School of Indianapolis, St. Meinard College, and the North American College in Rome.  On June 29, 1975, Pope Paul VI ordained Fr. Bob and his Little Flower classmate Fr. Jim Farrell along with 357 others from around the world in St. Peter’s Square.

     Fr. Bob’s first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Malachy Parish, Brownsburg.  In 1980, he became part-time Vice-Vicar Judicial of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and part-time associate at St. Matthew Parish.  In 1985, he became full-time Vice-Vicar Judicial of the Metropolitan Tribunal and assigned in residence at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway.  Fr. Bob became pastor of Little Flower in July 2003 while continuing as Vice-Vicar Judicial of the Metropolitan Tribunal.

     Fr. Bob enjoys spending time with friends and reading.

Began work at Little Flower: 2003.

Job Responsibilities: Pastor

What makes Little Flower special?  “The people! I am so impressed with the hospitality and generosity of Little Flower parishioners as they carry on the tradition of hospitality and generosity of those who were parishioners before them.

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Angie Mackell

Director of Stewardship and Parish Administration

317-357-8352, ext 31

amackell@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Angie:  Angie has been a member of Little Flower since birth.  She is the only daughter of Bill and Judy (Harmon) Rathz, and has two brothers, David and Tim Rathz.

  Angie attended Little Flower Catholic School, graduating in 1983.  She went on to Cathedral High School, graduating in 1987, and then to Bellarmine University, earning a B.A. in Mathematics in 1991.  Angie spent over 20 years as a Customer Service Manager in 2 different call centers before coming to work at Little Flower.

  Angie and her husband Frank have a daughter, Samantha, who also graduated from Little Flower and Cathedral, and is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati.  Angie teaches tap dancing at a local studio, and she enjoys art fairs, gardening, Colts games, and Harry Potter.

Began work at Little Flower: 2017

Job Responsibilities:  Wearing many hats, Angie is primarily responsible for managing the parish finances, coordinating stewardship, and performing human resources functions.

What make Little Flower Special?  “The sense of family and community at LF are second to none.  I always felt safe and comfortable here growing up, and that feeling carried forward in raising my child here.  I was always at home when I was at Little Flower.”

 

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Peggy Clegg

Pastoral Associate for Health and Senior Ministry

317-357-8352, ext 32

pclegg@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Peggy:  Peggy is one of ten children of the late John and Rosemary Clegg.  She has a B.A. in Education from Marian College (now Marian University) and a M.S. in Education from Butler University.   She has six brothers and three sisters and therefore  has lots of nieces and nephews who love spending time at her house.

     In her free time she enjoys camping, crafts, scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Began work at Little Flower: 2008

Job Responsibilites:  Peggy primarily ministers to the seniors of the parish.  She is  responsible for making sure all of our homebound parishioners and those residing in nursing facilities receive Communion.  Peggy  visits parishioners who are hospitalized and assists families in planning funerals for their loved ones.  She is the staff liaison for the Parish Life Commission, which is responsible for all of the fun events that happen in our parish such as the parish picnic, Halloween party, Christmas party, etc.

What make Little Flower Special?  “I enjoy my ministry at Little Flower and find it both humbling and rewarding.  The people here are very warm and welcoming.  I can always count on someone being willing to assist me in various ministries and activities.  I feel very blessed to be both and parishioner and a staff member here. Little Flower truly is family to me.”

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Kevin Gawrys

School Principal

317-353-2282, ext 23

kgawrys@littleflowerparish.org 

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Kevin:  Kevin grew up on the eastside and attended St. Simon school with all six of his siblings. He is an Indiana University graduate with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.  Kevin earned a certificate in Catholic social teaching from the Catholic University of America.

     Kevin and his wife Karen have four daughters and love spending family time at the ballpark, track, field, court, pool, etc. They are members of St. Thomas parish in Fortville.

     “To me laughter is like taking a bite out of life and saying, aahh, just right”–The Unoriginal Sinner and the Ice Cream God

Began work at Little Flower: 1999

Job Responsibilities:  Principal

What makes Little Flower Special?  The community.  Everyone is welcoming and warm and truly family.  Little flower is the proverbial village and the entire community is working together to care for the wonderful kids in our school.

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Tom Costello

Music Director

317-357-8352, ext 27

tcostello@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Tom:  Tom is a life-long member of Little Flower, first taking up residence just across the street on Bosart Avenue.  The son of the late Tom and Eileen Griffin Costello, his siblings Dan Costello and Peg Costello Beikes still are parishioners at Little Flower.

     He graduated from Little Flower Catholic School in 1967, The Latin School of Indianapolis in 1971, and Butler University College of Pharmacy in 1976.  Tom worked in several different disciplines within the pharmacy industry, including a 23 year stint with the old Hook Drug Company,  before coming to work at Little Flower.  He served Little Flower as Director of Stewardship and Parish Administration beginning in January, 2000, retiring from that position in July 2017.  In January 2017 he assumed the position of Parish Music Director

     Tom is married to Mary Martha (Babcock)Costello and they have three grown sons, Tom, Ryan, and Jeff and four grandchildren, one of which attends Little Flower School.

Began work at Little Flower: 2000

Job Responsibilities:  As Parish Music Director, Tom is responsible for everything that happens in the area of litrugical music for weekend liturgies and all other liturgical celebrations throughout the year.  He is responsible for the adult choir, youth choir, and cantors and assists with the school liturgical choir and school masses.   

What makes Little Flower special?  “The strong feeling of community and strong sense of its history. The parish is a stabilizing factor in the neighborhood community”.

 

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 Lisa Gibbons

Accounting Clerk

317-357-8352, ext 33

lgibbons@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan

About Lisa:  Lisa has been a parishioner of Little Flower since 1990, and has been on the parish staff for nine years.   She has been married to Pete for 25 years and they have 3 daughters, all of whom graduated from Little Flower School and Scecina Memorial High School. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and reading.

Began work at Little Flower: 2003

Job Resposibilities:  As accounting clerk, Lisa is resposible for accounts payable as well as preparing all the parish deposits.  She assists with the Scrip program and performs other accounting duties as assigned.

     Lisa also coordinates the Religious Education program for elementary student in non-Catholic schools, as well as Vacation Bible School and the preparation programs for First Reconciliation and Eucharist.

What makes Little Flower special?  “The people!  Little Flower is such a welcoming community.”

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Jeannie Zimmerman

Parish Secretary

317-357-8352, ext 35

jzimmerman@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Jeannie:  Jeannie is married to Ed and has 3 children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, boating, hiking, music, and reading.

Began work at Little Flower; 2004

Job Responsibilities:  answering phones, scheduling Masses, organizing volunteers to help in the office, scheduling meetings /events in parish calendar, and taking care of the many needs of those who come into the parish office daily.

What makes Little Flower special?  “The caring & generous people who are always ready to help in anyway needed.”

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Sandy Clegg

Office Assistant

317-357-8352, ext 22

sclegg@littleflowerparish.org

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

About Sandy:  Sandy has been a member of Little Flower Parish since 1969. She is a graduate of Little Flower, Thomas Carr Howe High School and Butler University.  SheI played basketball at Butler and has coached various sports (softball, kickball, basketball and volleyball) her entire adult life. She taught third grade in Lawrence Township for six years and currently serves as a Teacher’s Aide at Little Flower School.

She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of three children, Nikki, Jackie and Andrew, all of whom also graduated from Little Flower School. She enjoys attending Andrew’s running events, Jackie’s equestrian shows, and visiting Nikki at Walt Disney World. In her free time, she  plays board games, solves crossword puzzles, rides bikes, plays volleyball, watches sitcoms, relaxes by a fire and visits with family.

Began work at Little Flower: 2010

Job Responsibilities:  She keeps the Parish Databases updated with alumni and parishioner’s mailing information. She assists the Director of Parish Administration, enters all Sacraments and maintains the school’s tuition payment system.  

What makes Little Flower Special?  “The parishioners of Little Flower are very supportive of the church and school.  They are committed to keeping the parish strong and this shows in their hard work in the numerous ministries offered at Little Flower.  I enjoy helping and interacting with parishioners and school families on a daily basis.”