August 15, 2018 // Local

Around the Diocese: August 19, 2018

The faithful of St. Augustine Parish in South Bend celebrated a youth Mass July 15 with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in observance of the 90th anniversary of the parish’s founding. The youth gospel choir sang “We are Marching in the Light of God” in Swahili and English, and Bishop Rhoades blessed an icon of the first recognizably African-American priest, Father Augustus Tolton.— Provided by Deacon Mel Tardy

Forever Learning adds theater classes

SOUTH BEND — Forever Learning Institute is offering senior adults over 120 classes this fall on just about every topic one can imagine: languages, playing the ukulele, computer skills, the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, the decline of the Studebaker and more.

New to Forever Learning is a partnership with South Bend Civic Theatre, where students will attend classes in stage craft and design, or acting, culminating in a collaborative production at the conclusion of the semester. Registration is Aug. 28-30.

Forever Learning offers students and instructors the opportunity to explore interests they are passionate about and share this excitement with like-minded learners. Classes are held at the main campus in the Parish Center of St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church, the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, on Wednesdays at Southfield Village, as well as at numerous partner organizations throughout Michiana.

Students may view all course offerings online at or stop by the FLI office to pick up a course guide. Guides also are available at all St. Joseph County Public Library locations.

Students may register for classes by mail, or in person at the Forever Learning Institute, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend. For more information, contact Eve Finnessy, executive director, at 574-282-1901 or [email protected].

Students and staff from St. Joseph School, Garrett, began Aug. 8, the first day of the new school year, in prayer. The morning assembly was led by sixth grade Student Council members, in front from left, Elizabeth Buchs, Eddie Gowgiel and Marisa Carey. — Jill Hamblin

Sister Katherine Frazier, OP, professes first vows

ADRIAN, Mich. – Sister Katherine Frazier, OP, of Fort Wayne, made her first profession of vows with the Adrian Dominican Sisters during a special liturgy on Aug. 5 in St. Catherine Chapel at the congregation’s motherhouse. Attending the event were Adrian Dominican sisters and lay associates, as well as Sister Katherine’s family members and friends.

During the rite of profession, Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, prioress of the congregation, formally examined Sister Katherine on her willingness and readiness to “unite [herself] more closely to God by a bond of religious profession.” Sister Katherine then stated her intent to profess vows with the Adrian Dominican Sisters to answer God’s call in her life.

“I desire to share faith and life with my sisters and to carry into the world alongside them the mission of Jesus,” Sister Katherine said. “Having started this adventure three years ago as a candidate and then as a novice, I want to see where God is leading us next, trusting that God’s plans for the future are always good.”

Sister Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in medieval studies from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a master of philosophy degree in world archeology from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

At the time of her entrance, she had ministered as the coordinator of the Bishop Donald Trautman Catholic House at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Sister Katherine will minister in the area of mission integration at Regina Dominican High School, an all-girls school sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters and located in Wilmette, Illinois. Her role will be to keep members of the Regina Dominican Community aware of and help them live out the mission of the congregation.

On July 14, The Center at Donaldson sponsored a free Concert by the Lake event, at which the Associate Community of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ had snack items available for purchase. The proceeds from snack sales were donated to Heminger House, a women and children’s shelter in Plymouth. Pictured from left are Heminger House Director Diane Fisher, PHJC Associate Pauline Pearson, Heminger House Manager Nicole Hicks, The Center at Donaldson marketing coordinator Ruth VanVactor and PHJC Associate Community Director Libby Riggs. — Provided by Julie Dowd

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