Descent of the Holy Ghost
Orthodox Church ROEA/OCA
750 W 61st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410

An English speaking Orthodox Church experiencing the truth of the Ancient Christian faith today!


Welcome ! Bine ati venit !


We are an English speaking church within the Orthodox Church in America seeking to communicate the ancient Orthodox Christian faith in a relevant manner to our community.

If you are not familiar with the Orthodox Christian faith &/or worship please feel free to join in or not to the degree that you feel comfortable.  We know that it may feel quite different from what you have experienced in other places. It would be our privilege and honor to answer any questions you may have.  Several parishioners here at Descent are from non-Orthodox backgrounds.

If you have small children we want you to know that the "sound" of children in church is music to our ears.  We believe that children learn how to worship and love God by being in worship services with their parents and family.  We welcome their presence in the church services!

If you are an Orthodox Christian you will feel right at home in our Divine Liturgy.  While there may be some differences in "tradition" there are no differences in "Traditions" that form the backbone of the Orthodox worship experience and culture.

Whatever your background we pray that you will feel welcome here at Descent of the Holy Ghost.  May you know the blessing of the Lord God each and every day!

Grace and peace be to you all

Descent of the Holy Ghost Church



Upcoming Events

August-September 2015


August 1-15, 2015 The Dormition Fast

Daily Service The Paraklisis 5.30Pm

Sunday : Matins 9AM , Divine Liturgy 10AM

Serviciul Zilnic in timpul Postului Adormirii Maicii Domnului :

Zilnic: Paraclisul Maicii Domnului 5.30Pm

Duminica: Utrenia 9AM, Sf Liturghie 10AM


August 16,2015 (immediately after Divine Liturgy)

Annual Parish Picnic ( good food, entertainment  and more... )

September 27, 2015 (immediately after Divine Liturgy)

Annual Church Anniversary (fine menu and more...)

Pay Pal Donation

Christ is in our midst! - He is and ever shall be!

Hristos in mijlocul nostru! - Este si va fi!

 Established in 1908 to serve the greater Northwest Indiana community!

If you would like to submit a prayer request or donation, please click on "FORM". Print, complete and mail in your prayer request and/or donation. The mailing information is on the form.

Thank you. Peace be unto you!

Descent of the Holy Ghost Church

History of Romanian Orthodox Church in NWI

We are an English speaking Orthodox Church founded by immigrants from Romania.  Our church is no longer made up of only Romanian; we are a diverse gathering of Americans from many ethnic backgrounds.  However, we are proud of the history of our church.  We hope you enjoy this bit of history of our church; Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church.


Many Romanian immigrants found their way to Northwest Indiana in the early 1900's. The community of faithful Romanians in Gary soon felt a need to come together and establish the church on October 11, 1908.

The first Divine Liturgy was on December 25, 1908. The work of the church continued and the cornerstone of the new church, located at Hayes and 19th Streets was consecrated on October 31, 1909.

The Gary Romanian Orthodox Community continued their spiritual growth and began looking for a new place to worship. In 1961 they began to organize a building fund drive to raise money for a new church. The fund raising efforts continued and by March 18, 1963 the Parish House at 6075 Harrison Street and the property for the church was purchased at the current Merrillville.  On March 7, 1967 a building committee was formed and the community began planning their new facility. It wasn't too long that the cornerstone was consecrated they broke ground.

The facility finally saw completion with the consecration of the church on September 29-30, 1973 where the faithful community continues to worship.

We continue to pray for those who prepared the way for us at every Liturgy and honor their memory and our Romanian heritage. Today, when you come to visit our parish, you will hear the hymns and prayers of our ancient faith – the Faith of the Apostles – in English.

We pray that God will continue to guide us and grant us victories as Orthodox Christians in North America for many more years.

Journey to Orthodoxy



Links (top)
Early Church Fathers Online - Early Church Fathers online.  Great resource!
IOCC - International Orthodox Christian Charities  
Journey to Orthodoxy - Stories of men and women that found their way to the ancient, Orthodox Christian faith.
OCMC -   Orthodox Christian Missionary Center
Online Chapel - Daily Scripture Readings
Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
The Word Magazine Online: Antiochian Archdiocese - The official magazine of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese


Celebrating 106 years as an Orthodox Community, September 2014.