Pastoral Staff

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Robert J Gilday


317-357-8352, ext 35

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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Tom Costello

Director of Stewardship and Parish Administration

317-357-8352, ext 30

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.

     Tom is married to Mary Martha (Babcock)Costello and they have three grown sons, Tom, Ryan, and Jeff and two grandchildren.

Began work at Little Flower: 2000

Job Responsibilities:  As Director of Stewardship and Parish Administration, Tom is responsible for most everything connected with Stewardship and Development, as well as much of the business operations of the church and school and the parish office.  He also serves in a part-time capacity in liturgical music as accompanist and director of the parish youth choir. Limited responsiblties in the areas of faith formation include youth ministry, and preparation for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.

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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Peggy Clegg

Pastoral Associate for Health and Senior Ministry

317-357-8352, ext 32

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 

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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Teresa Eckrich,

Director of Pastoral Music

Hometown:    Beech Grove, IN

About Teresa:  Teresa was born in Indianapolis and grew up in a family of eight children at Holy Name Parish in Beech Grove. She attended Holy Name, the Academy of the Immaculate Conception, Oldenburg, received a BA in Music from Marian College and an MS in Guidance and Counseling from IU. Over the years she has taught at St. Mary’s Academy, Academy of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Scecina High School, St. James the Greater School, Nativity School and Little Flower Catholic School as well as being the Director of Music for Nativity Parish and Little Flower Parish. Besides music, her great loves are her family, reading, and gardening.

Began work at Little Flower: 1980 while teaching at Scecina High School. In 1985 she made the change to full time at Little Flower.

Job Responsiblities:  Teresa is responsible for all areas of Liturgical Music.   In addition, she serves as full time music teacher in our school.

What make Little Flower Special?  “The people are so welcoming and appreciative.” She often tells new co-workers, “Just give them a little time and they will love you right into being.”

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 Lisa Gibbons

Accounting Clerk

317-357-8352, ext 33

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 (M, Th, F)

317-357-8352, ext 35

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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B. J. Schmidt

Parish Secretary (Tues, Wed)

317-357-8352, ext35

Hometown: New Albany, Indiana

About B. J.:  B.J. attended Holy Family Parish, New Albany, IN grade school, Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville, IN, amd Spencerian Business College, Louisville, KY.  She retired after 43 years from the State of Indiana in 2008, and enjoys spending time with family, two children and their families which include eight grandchildren, playing dominoes, reading, hiking in State forests and spending time at the cabin in the woods that she and herhusband built. ” Little Flower has been my home for 30 + years and is where we raised our children; the education they received has helped them to be successful and productive adults.”

Year began working at Little Flower:  2008

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?  “Becoming a widow after 41 years of marriage and having the opportunity to work at Little Flower, I witness people who give so freely of their time, talents and treasures.  The parishioners, they are who make Little Flower so special.   My faith family has grown tremendously.”