Our Parish

Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church was established in 1911 at 17th Avenue and Fillmore Streets in Gary. From 1959 until December 1998, it was located at 505 E. 45th Ave. We are now at home at 8600 Grand Blvd in Merrillville, IN. This move reflects the congregation’s migration to the southern and eastern parts of Lake County and into the Valparaiso area.

Our parish is part of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America.

We are always glad to have visitors. Whether you are new to the area or visiting, you are welcome to join us at Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings at 9:45.

Learn about our parish name and patronal feast