August 3, 2018 // Local

Around the Diocese: August 5, 2018

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and Cheryl Ashe stand in front of the Little Free Library at St. Augustine Parish in South Bend. Parish members donate to the library, which was created because neighborhood children live too far from a public library to walk and get a book, but many have difficulty passing the Indiana state reading test and need books to practice. Ashe presented the idea to the parish council and made the library a reality: It now offers fiction and nonfiction texts for children, teens and adults. During Advent and Lent, devotional booklets will be added. — Provided by Cheryl Ashe

Forever Learning fundraising dinner planned

SOUTH BEND — Forever Learning Institute of South Bend will host a back-to-school fundraising event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church Parish Center, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend. The Forever Fall Feast will include dinner sponsored by Toscana Catering, a silent auction, music, a photo booth and cash bar. Items to be auctioned include University of Notre Dame football tickets, tickets to the musical “Hamilton” in Chicago, artwork, dinner coupons and passes to local Michiana venues.

Tickets for the evening start at $25 and are available online at or in the Forever Learning Institute office.

The Forever Learning Institute, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality and dignity of senior adult life through continuing intellectual challenge, spiritual reflection, and social interaction.

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. They are available to all adults 50 years of age and older regardless of race, color, religion or ethnic origin and are taught by an all-volunteer faculty. For more information contact Eve Finnessy, executive director, at 574-282-1901 or [email protected].

Nearly 110 students, chaperones and priests from 10 parishes across the diocese found a new enthusiasm for their Catholic faith at the 2018 Revealed Steubenville Youth Conference, July 20-22. The delegation traveled to Franciscan University of Steubenville for talks and homilies focused on how God’s love is revealed. The diocesan delegation was one of the largest Steubenville saw all summer. — Provided by John Pratt

Education for Ministry begins fall classes

FORT WAYNE — Introduction to Catechesis will be offered in the South Bend area Aug. 23 and Sept. 6, 13 and 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 52553 Fir Rd. In Fort Wayne the classes will be offered at Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Rd., Aug. 23 and 30 and Sept. 13 and 20, from 6-8:30 p.m.

This unit will introduce the vision and method of catechesis. The vocation of the catechist, the Six Tasks of Catechesis and the pedagogy of faith will be addressed. In addition, this unit will focus on the practical aspects of catechesis such as implementation of the Diocesan Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines, integration of the faith within the classroom and teaching children with special needs. Due to the subject material, this unit will be collaborative.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required to Janice Martin at 260-399-1411 or at

Franciscan sister reaches 70th jubilee

FRANKFORT, Ill. — The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Frankfort, Illinois, celebrated the jubilees of their sisters on June 9. One of the jubilarians has ministered in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Sister Colleen Loehmer, OSF, has been a Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart for 70 years.

She was born in Schererville, Indiana. She taught at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel School, Fort Wayne, from 1962-66 and 1968-69; and at St. Joseph School in Garrett from 1967-68. Sister Colleen currently resides in Frankfort.

Ben Landrigan, Brian Florin and Zane Langenbrunner, seminarians of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, offered a Skillz Camp for the youth of St. John the Baptist Parish in New Haven the week of July 16. The camp, which had a nice turnout, fit exactly into the Cupertino ideal of creating and fostering community and fun, according to organizers. The Cupertino Classic is an annual winter basketball game between the seminarians and priests of the diocese. #CupertinoCares

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