Diocesan News for Fort Wayne / South Bend

Upon the Death of Rev. Paul Bueter 

Father Paul BueterDecember 8, 2014 - (Diocese FW-SB) Yesterday morning we received the sad news of the sudden death of Father Paul Bueter.  Father Paul served as a missionary in Panama from 1965-1981.  He also served in South Bend at St. John the Baptist Parish before that, and as pastor at St. Bavo Parish , Mishawka, St. John the Evangelist, Goshen, and before retirement at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Milford, later to become Warsaw.  He served as a regional vicar as well.  Father Paul has assisted in most every parish in our diocese.  He was always willing to help out in his retirement years.  Even before that we would be willing to offer Mass in Spanish if he was available.  We are deeply indebted to his distinguished priestly kindness and example in our diocese.

Father Paul was baptized, raised, and retired at him home parish, St. Jude, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Therefore all services will take plce at St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne.  He was 81 years old.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Visitation:           1:30pm - 5:30pm
Rosary Service:  4:30pm 

Friday, December 12, 2014
Visitation:           9:30am - 10:45am
Funeral Mass:    11:00 am

Burial to follow immediately in Catholic Cemetery. Print Ready Document >


Three Ordinations to the Diaconate Set 

May 20, 2014 - (Today's Catholic) The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is set to ordain three young men to the diaconate on Saturday May 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. William Meininger, from St. Pius X in Granger, Jonathan Norton, from Our Lady of Good Hope in Fort Wayne, and Matthew Soberalski, from St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, credit their parents for their support and encouragement, and are excited about their new role as servants of Christ. Read more about our deacons to be here>

Changing of the Guard in Vocation Office

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/Kay Cozad) – The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has seen a changing of the guard recently as Mary Szymczak retires after 20 years of faithful service, first as administrative assistant and later as associate director. Christine Bonahoom-Nix took up the challenge in her stead on March 24. Adding to the transition in personnel, the Vocation Office has recently moved from the Blessed John Paul II Center in Mishawaka to the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center in Fort Wayne as well. Read more about the changes in the Vocation Office >

Upgrades Made to TV Mass Signal

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic) – “It’s been a rough year for the regular watchers of the Televised Mass in Fort Wayne, and even rougher on those that produce and broadcast the long-running program,” said Sean McBride, director of communications for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and producer of the TV Mass.

Technical issues have plagued the broadcast for nearly a year and in that time multiple solutions were tried and no headway was really made, until very recently when WFFT-TV made a very large capital investment to install a new style of microwave transceiver that allows direct communications between the station and the chapel at the University of Saint Francis, where the broadcast originates. Continue reading about upgrades to the TV Mass >

Julie Kenny Joins Planned Giving Staff to Help Parishes with Endowment Efforts

Julie Kenny

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/Tim Johnson) – Julie Kenny is a noted professional in the field of stewardship, and she has been invited to apply her talent as part of the staff of the Development Office as the director of planned giving.

With 19 years experience at Our Sunday Visitor in Huntington, working with parishes and dioceses across the nation with stewardship strategies, Kenny will now “be sharing best practice strategies for promotion of parish endowments, bequests and planned giving strategies, which are vital to the future work of the Church,” said Harry Verhiley, director of the Development Office. Continue reading about Julie Kenny >

Pastoral Texts through Lent


Would you like to receive a daily text message during this Lenten season?  Fr. David Mary Engo, Msgr. Galic, Fr. Andrew Budzinski and the honorable Bishop Kevin Rhoades have provided text messages to support your spiritual journey.  

Text " GO CATHOLIC" to 20300 to receive your daily message throughout Lent.  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, message and data rates may apply. 

Guest Editorial: A Catechetical Response to Same-sex Marriage


Feb. 19, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/John Cavadini) – Why does the Catholic Church oppose same-sex marriage? This question is a burning one for many Catholics.

The recent outpouring of local support for Mark Zmuda, former vice principal at a Catholic high school in Seattle, is an example of how the emotions involved in addressing this question cross our own hearts. Continue reading about a Catechetical response >

Teens Ignited to 'Love Love'

Feb. 11, 2014 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic/Tania Geist) – TAbout 150 teenagers from across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend came together for the weekend of Feb. 7-9 for the second annual Ignited retreat, “Enter the Fire.” The event, held at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, was a collaboration of numerous Catholic schools and parishes in both South Bend and Fort Wayne.

Ignited 2014 offered a chance for teens to encounter the person of Christ in the sacraments, prayer and fellowship. The aim was “that they would come to know that He will fulfill their deepest longing,” said Cindy Black, a retreat organizer and director of the diocesan Office of Youth Ministry. Read more about Ignited >

St. Louis Besancon Transformed for Future Generations

St. Louis Besancon

Feb. 11, 2014 – New Haven (Today's Catholic) – The parishioners of St. Louis are patiently awaiting their return to a newly renovated church. Since June 9, 2013, the faithful of Besancon have been celebrating Mass in their recreation hall as their hallowed space undergoes a stunning transformation. 

On the feast of St. Louis the year prior, a capital campaign kicked off to raise funds for the much-needed project coined “CRP” or Church Restoration Project. In his fundraising pitch, lifetime member of the parish, Darrel Dodane, reminded fellow parishioners of the sacrifice that the early founders made to build the church and how he felt it was the responsibility of current members to preserve St. Louis for future generations. Learn more about St. Louis Besancon's Transformation >

Light of Learning Teachers Awarded

Light of Learning Award Winners

Feb. 11, 2014 – Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (Today's Catholic) – Deacon Jim Fitzpatrick, Chili’s and local Burger King restaurants hosted the annual Light of Learning Luncheon, which celebrates excellence in Catholic education, on Jan. 27 at the Hotel Fort Wayne.  Learn more about the Light of Learning Award Teachers >

Pope Tells Notre Dame to 'Defend, Preserve, Advance' Catholic Identity

Pope Francis talks with Notre Dame

Jan. 30, 2014 – Vatican City (Cardinal Newman Society) – IN a powerful statement encouraging fidelity and strong Cathlic identity in Catholic higher education, Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an "uncompromising witness... to the Church's moral teaching" and to resist "efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness," according to a translation by Vatican Radio. 

The Holy Father's words came today as he met with a Notre Dame delegation celebrating the University's new Rome Center.  Although Vatican Radio does not report whether Notre Dame President Father Jenkins with Pope Francis accompanying the Vatican Radio translation suggests that he was. Learn more about Notre Dame's meeting with Pope Francis >

Christmas with the Seminarians

Jan. 2, 2014 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic) – The Serra Club of Fort Wayne hosted its annual Christmas luncheon for the seminarians of the diocese and their families on Dec. 21 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated Mass, after which a luncheon was held in the St. Peter’s Pavilion, with recognition and gifts for each seminarian. Seminarians pose with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and Msgr. Bernard Galic, vocation director, after the lunch program in St. Peter’s Pavilion. View pictures from the event >

Diocese, et. al. Gains Preliminary Relief in HHS Lawsuit

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Dec. 30, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) – The United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, has entered a preliminary injunction temporarily barring enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate against the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc, Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc., Franciscan Alliance, Inc., Specialized Physicians of Illinois, LLC, University of Saint Francis and Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.

The Court’s order was filed, Friday, Dec. 27 by Judge Jon DeGuilio. The plaintiffs had filed their first amended verified complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the government defendants — including Kathleen Sebelius in her capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources — have violated their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb et seq., the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 500 et seq., by enacting the “contraception mandate,” which requires certain employers to provide coverage for contraception and sterilization procedures in their employee health care plans on a no-cost-sharing basis, or face stiff financial penalties and the risk of enforcement actions for the failure to do so. Learn more about the Preliminary Relief for the Diocese >

Save-the-date for the Next Rekindle the Fire Men’s Conference!

Rekindle the Fire

The 4th Annual Diocesan Rekindle the Fire Men’s Conference is Saturday, February 22, 2014.  This year the conference will be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Registration is now open!  

Follow Rekindle the Fire on Facebook, Twitter and on their website for more information about this exciting conference!  Redeemer Radio and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend are partnering with Rekindle the Fire to bring to all men the Rekindle the Fire 4th Annual Men’s Conference.

Listen to engaging speakers, and celebrate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Bishop Rhoades.  The guest lineup includes Hector Molina, Monsignor Michael Heintz, Doug Barry, and Jon Leonetti

Learn More about the Speakers!

Hector MolinaHector Molina is a dynamic lay Catholic speaker and apologist on the staff of Catholic Answers, the most well-known Catholic apologetics apostolate in America.  With over twenty years of experience in professional pastoral ministry and lay leadership in the church.  Hector also serves as a full-time speaker conducting Parish Seminars, Missions, Retreats and Conferences throughout the United States and abroad.  A devoted husband and father of five, Hector has developed a solid reputation as one of the most passionate and articulate expositors and defenders of the Catholic faith today.  You won’t want to miss his call to Rise Up!

Msgr Michael HeintzMonsignor Michael Heintz is a well-known teacher and pastor in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and his gifts as a profound thinker and relevant preacher are regularly on display in South Bend; whether at the University of Notre Dame where he is a Director of the Master of Divinity Program, or at St. Matthew Cathedral where he serves as rector.  Ordained in 1993, he was first assigned to St. Charles Parish in Fort Wayne, and to Bishop Dwenger High School as chaplain.  He was then assigned by Bishop D’Arcy to St. Matthew Cathedral and further studies at Notre Dame in 1998, eventually moving on to teach at three of the four Catholic high schools in the diocese, before his current work at Notre Dame and St. Matthew’s

Doug BerryDoug Berry is the founder and director of RADIX, a Catholic apostolate founded in 1992.  He has spent the last twenty years touring nationally and internationally, spreading and defending the Catholic faith with a dynamic and explosive style, and is perhaps best known for his powerful one-man performance of the Passion of the Christ, seen regularly on EWTN and other Christian television channels around the world.

Jon LeonettiJon Leonetti is an international Catholic speaker, author, and radio host who conveys a message of lasting fulfillment in Jesus Christ.  Jon desires to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus and help others do the same through prayer, the Sacraments, family life, Mary and the saints.  Engaging Catholics in all walks of life, Jon’s keynote presentations and intergenerational Surge of the Heart Parish Missions continue to help thousands of Catholics each year discover the freedom Christ offers by way of His life and love.

Catholic Medical Guild Press Release

Catholic Medical Guild

Dec. 9, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Catholic Medical Guild/Secretariat for Communications) – The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on December 2, 2013, is a dangerous, distracting farce.  While it is not possible to comment on the details of the lawsuit or the medical case on which it is based, the ACLU's animus to the Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops is well known.  Also well-known is the ACLU's biased support for abortion rights - biased to the point that the ACLU has even fought restrictions on abortion sought for reasons of the race and sex of the baby. Read more or the Matholic Medical Guild's Press release >

Women's Dignity and Vocation Class Bonds Dwenger Students

Bishop Dwenger

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 >

Bishop Rhoades Closes Year of Faith

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 >

Local Catholic Medical Guild Stands with Bishops Against HHS Mandate

Catholic Medial Association

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

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Celebrates Silver Jubilee Mass

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne

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 >

Youth 'Wayfaring' at Faithfest

Youth Carrying a Cross

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 >

Jubilarian Priests' Celebrated as 'Fishers of Men'

Bishop Rhoades Celebrating MassPrieses celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries are honored at Mass 

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 >

St. Elizabeth Parish Breaks Ground

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 >

Father Traub Reaches 100-year milestone

Fr. Traub celebrated 100 years on Aug. 23rdFather Traub celebrated 100 years on Aug. 23rd. 

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 >

Museum Highlights Bishop John M. D’Arcy Mementos

One of three cases highlighting the life of the late Bishop John M. D’Arcy

One of three cases highlighting the life of the late Bishop John M. D’ArcyAug. 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 >

Young Adults Find Sense of Community Through ARISE

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 >

‘Nothing is too good for the Glory of God’

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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