Nov. 28, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic/Ann Carey) – A new theology class at Bishop Dwenger High School is drawing rave reviews from students, parents and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades. And the veteran teacher of the class is calling it “the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done as a teacher.”
The “Dignity of Women” class was offered for the first time this fall as a one-semester theology elective for seniors. Bishop Dwenger is thought to be the only Catholic high school in the country to offer such a class. Learn more about this new class offered at Bishop Dwenger >
Nov. 24, 2013 – South Bend (Today's Catholic/Chris Lushis) – “Though the Year of Faith is coming to an end, our journey of faith continues. The Year of Faith has been a stimulus for us to go deeper, to hear God’s word anew, and to profess our faith with new vigor. I pray that we will continue to help one another in our journey of faith,” Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said at the conclusion of his homily at the Closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. 24, at St. Matthew Cathedral.
In addition to the St. Matthew Cathedral Choir, the St. Augustine Gospel Choir and the Spanish Choir from St. Dominic Parish in Bremen led the congregation in hymns that emphasized the journey of faith united through Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe and Lord of All Nations. The unity of different musical styles performed together highlighted the diversity of the diocese and the Church throughout the world. Learn more on the closing Mass to the Year of Faith >
Nov. 18, 2013 - Fort Wayne (The Catholic Medical Association) - The Doctor Jerome Lejeune Northeast Indiana Guild of the Catholic Medical Association issues the following press release in response to the USCCB Special Message on the HHS mandate issued November 13, 2013, at the conclusion of the USCCB General Assembly held in Baltimore.
Fort Wayne, IN – November 18, 2013. The Northeast Indiana Guild of the Catholic Medical Association strongly supports the recent United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Special Message on the HHS Mandate. We agree with Pope Francis that that “In the context of society, there is only one thing which the Church quite clearly demands: the freedom to proclaim the Gospel in its entirety, even when it runs counter to the world, even when it goes against the tide.”
The U.S. bishops have been united and outstanding advocates for religious freedom, not only for Catholics, but for all citizens. Both they and we find the current impasse over the mandate frustrating because the Catholic Church has long been a leading provider of, and advocate for, accessible, life-affirming health care.
Make no mistake, the Obama administration’s continued enforcement of its coercive mandate should alarm all U.S. citizens. The HHS mandate constitutes a direct assault on the rights of religious liberty of millions of American citizens who reject abortion-causing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. It undermines the widespread respect for religious freedom in American law and culture by drawing an unprecedented line between churches and religious ministries such as religious schools and hospitals. It also ignores the religious freedom of owners of non-religious businesses to run their businesses according to their consciences.
This coercive mandate provides for drugs and procedures which are inimical to preventive medicine and to women’s health. Finally, the HHS mandate also undermines parents, as all of these drugs and procedures can be made available to teenage girls without parental knowledge or consent.
Healthcare professionals in particular should be concerned and vigilant. As three of us guild members told a crowd of several hundred at the steps of Immaculate Conception Cathedral on July 2, a President who is willing to violate the rights of religious freedom, conscientious objection, and free speech of thousands of religious institutions and conscientious business owners will have no qualms about ordering healthcare professionals to participate in contraception, sterilization, and abortion even if it violates their ethical and professional judgment.
Thomas W. McGovern, MD, President, Doctor Jerome Lejeune Northeast Indiana Catholic Medical Guild, a chartered guild of the Catholic Medical Association
Nov. 3, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic/Kay Cozad) – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish celebrates its silver jubilee this year as a vibrant and ever-growing service-focused parish. Situated on Fort Wayne’s southwest side, with over 7,000 members that represent 2,275 families, the parish offers myriad programs, ministries and opportunities, including Christ Renews His Parish, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus, and religious education, just to name a few.
he parish saw its humble beginnings in 1984 when parish priests travelled to a St. Joseph mission in Aboite to begin celebrating Mass in Haverhill Elementary School’s auditorium. Read more on St. Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee >
Oct. 27, 2013 – Warsaw (Today's Catholic/Denise Fedorow) – Approximately 300 teens from across the diocese joined together Sunday, Oct. 27, at Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw to further their journey of faith at the “Wayfarer Faithfest 2013.”
The morning began with praise and worship music to get everyone up and awake. Teens were reminded, “When we sing, we’re praying.” Read more about Faithfest >
Sept. 19, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic) – The Priesthood anniversaries of 12 priests were recognized Sept. 5 at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne.
Those jubilees celebrated included the following: 25 years - Father Cyril Fernandes, Holy Cross Father Wilson Miscamble and Father Timothey Wrozek; Read of more priests celebrating their anniversary >
Sept. 19, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic/Kay Cozad) – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, is celebrating its silver jubilee as a vibrant faith-centered Catholic community this year. In its remarkable 25-year history the church has grown from a congregation of 375 families to almost 2,300 families and continues to thrive.
The original church, with daily Mass Chapel, Eucharistic Shapel and parish hall, opened in 1990, at almost 10700 Aboite Center Rd., expanding in 1998 with the construction of the 10-room catechetical center and the opening of a joint shcool with St. Joseph Parish. Read more about the St. Elizabeth Growth and Ground Breaking >
Aug. 21, 2013 – Fort Wayne (FWSBD) – Father Robert L. Traub, longtime diocesan priens, will turn 100 years young on Aug. 23.
Born in Muncie to Adam and Anna Traub, he is the oldest of nine, with five brothers and three sisters. And it appears longevity runs in the family. Two brothers have died but the rest are living. His father and mother lived to be 82 and 86 respectively. Read more about Fr. Traub >
One of three cases highlighting the life of the late Bishop John M. D’Arcy
Aug. 20, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today’s Catholic) – A Swiss guard figurine, prestigious awards and papal gifts offer a silent but reflective look at the varied life the eighth bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend just six months after he had a short but fatal battle with cancer.
Two baseballs and a fielder’s glove speak of Bishop John M. D’Arcy’s lifelong love of the game and his unyielding loyalty to the Boston Red Sox; one of the balls is from the 100th World Series played in 2004 between Boston and the St. Louis Cardinals, which the Sox won in four straight games. Read more about Bishop D'Arcy Mementos >
Aug. 20, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today’s Catholic) – Young Adults across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend have found a welcoming and engaging environment with the ARISE Together in Christ experience. Soon, across the diocese ARISE groups will be making arrangements and registering participants for the upcoming third season – that will explore the Church’s role in social justice issues.
From college students, to young adults who recently located to the diocese for their careers, ARISE offered a sense of involvement in their faith community. Read more about the ARISE Together in Christ experience >
Aug. 20, 2013 – Notre Dame (Today’s Catholic/Ann Carey) – On Aug. 15, 1888, dignitaries from all over the country gathered at the University of Notre Dame to celebrate the dedication of the new sacred Heart Church. On Aug. 16 of this year, a special Mass was celebrated at 4 p.m. in the church, now known as Sacred Heart Basilica, to observe the 125th anniversary of that dedication.
Again, dignitaries, along with Notre Dame’s friends, staff, faculty, alumni and students filled the basilica to help the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross celebrate the rich liturgical history of the building, which is the congregation’s oldest and principal church in the United States. Read more about Notre Dame >
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