August 3, 2016 // Uncategorized

Around the Diocese for August 7, 2016

Sister Amoroso Adela

Sister Amoroso celebrates 25th jubilee

HUNTINGTON — Sister Maria Adela Amoroso will celebrate her 25th anniversary jubilee with Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters with a special Mass Friday, Aug. 5, in the Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel on the Victory Noll campus in Huntington.

A native of Oruro, Bolivia, Sister Adela entered OLVM in 1989 and made her first profession on Aug. 4, 1991.

She stayed in Bolivia to begin her mission work and remained until 2007. Sister Adela has also been missioned in Chicago and in San Bernardino and El Centro in California. She has worked in formation, parish ministry and at the Sister Evelyn Mourey Center in El Centro. Most recently she served in ministry at the Imperial County Jail in California.

The New Order of Celebrating Matrimony

A new translation of marriage rites, titled the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, has been approved for publication in the United States.  This new ritual text may be used in the liturgy beginning on Sept. 8.  Use of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony then becomes mandatory as of Dec. 30.  By the end of 2016, no other English edition of the rites of marriage may be used in the dioceses of the United States.

To help prepare the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for this transition, a workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.  It will address the theology, rites and liturgical music involved in the sacrament of marriage — with a particular focus on the changes and emphases in the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony.

This workshop is free of charge, but registration is requested via the online form found at https://notredamecenterforliturgy.

The workshop is particularly geared towards those involved in planning and implementing Catholic marriages (clergy, church musicians, wedding coordinators, etc.), but anyone is welcome to attend.

The workshop will be offered in Fort Wayne Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Spiritual Center at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1502 E. Wallen Rd.

In South Bend the workshop will be Saturday, Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Thèrése, Little Flower Church, 54191 N. Ironwood Rd., South Bend.

Saint Mary’s College held the first “Embody: Beauty, Justice, and Faith in Action,” a weeklong residential theology institute, July 10-15 on campus. The institute accepted girls entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years in high school. The week offered lectures, reflection and active involvement through art activities, community engagement and interfaith dialogue. Campus Minister Jessica Kimmet said the institute provided high school girls with insight into theology and the value of beauty with God as the source. In this photo Embody participants gather in small groups to share their insights on beauty, justice and faith.

SJHS commemorative bricks on sale

SOUTH BEND — Own a piece of history with a commemorative brick from the former Saint Joseph’s High School site at 1441 N. Michigan St.

Each brick comes complete with a nameplate or base. The cost for a brick with nameplate is $100, and a brick with a nameplate and base is $115.

There is no additional charge if a brick is picked up at 453 N. Notre Dame Ave. Those requesting shipping will need to add $15 per brick. Order online at

NCCW to meet in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The National Council of Catholic Women will have a convention September 7-10 in downtown Indianapolis. Masses and dynamic speakers are on the agenda for Catholic women from all over the United States. Call Betty Lomont 260-348-959 or Ella Wagner 317-849-4321 for information. Full registration cost is $370 by Aug. 23 to For hotel reservations call 877-640-7666.

Cardinal Burke endorses novena for nation, rosary rally

LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN — Cardinal Raymond Burke sent an exuberant endorsement of the new Novena for Our Nation and National Rosary Rally being put together by a group of Catholic lay people and priests supported by the Holy League and Men of Christ.

“There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis which generates division on all levels …” said Cardinal Burke. “Let us now turn to the powerful prayer of the Holy Rosary, asking Mary Immaculate to intercede with Our Lord to bring healing to our nation and to inspire in her citizens the holiness of life which alone can transform our nation … I urge as many as are able to participate in these great spiritual works for the sake of our entire nation.”

This first Novena for Our Nation takes place from Aug. 15, Feast of the Assumption through Oct. 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is structured upon the 54 Days to Holiness Rosary Novena sponsored by the Holy League, for which Cardinal Burke is the spiritual advisor. The objective of the novena is to make an act of reparation to return the U.S. to holiness imploring God to bless the nation through the intervention of Our Lady.

The novena, now in its third year with the Holy League, will conclude with a National Rosary Rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Oct. 7.

More information can be found at

Legatus, an organization comprised of Catholic businessmen and women whose mission is to study, live and spread the faith in members’ business, professional and personal lives, presented Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades with the group’s Founders Award on July 19. The bishop was honored for his extraordinary effort in chartering the Fort Wayne Legatus Chapter. Bishop Rhoades is pictured with Fort Wayne Legatus Board President Deacon Jim Fitzpatrick and Legatus Great Lakes Regional Director Nancy Haskell.

Serra Club supports seminarian fund

SOUTH BEND — The Serra Club of South Bend promotes, fosters and supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life through prayer and club activities. One of these activities is selling Father’s Day cards. The requested price of a card is a donation for the education of diocesan seminarians. Serra Club members sold the cards after Masses at seven local parishes on two weekends in June. The event raised $3,000 and a check for that amount was presented to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

Serra Club of South Bend welcomes new members. Contact Ted Neizer at 412-328-5351 or Frances Sain at 574-272-1989.


In the July 24 issue of Today’s Catholic,the name of Rev. Msgr. John Suelzer was misspelled. We apologize and regret the error.

A ceremony of temporary profession of vows of Third Order Lay Carmelites took place at St. Henry’s Parish, Fort Wayne, on Saturday, July 16. The charism of the Carmelites is a life of prayer. From left are Patricia Bader, director of the community, listening to the vows being professed by Judy Kruk. Janet Pawlowski, James Cheviron, Teresa Tallon and Anne Mallett await their turn to speak their profession and Nancy Simmonds, center, assists Father Dan Durkin, pastor of St. Henry’s. At far right, Beverly Armstrong and Sarah Lane await their reception into the community.

Several students from St. Matthew Cathedral School performed in ShakeScenes as part of the Shakespeare Festival at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, July 16. This was the school’s seventh year performing in this event. In the back row, from left, are Leena Bradley, Maria Stroik, Director Josh Napierkowski and Darlene Povlock. In the front row, from left, are Katharine Becker, Emma Kopec, Michael Loesch and Ben Malinowski. On the ground is Nick Becker.

Father Bob Garrow and Youth Minister Vickie Lortie led a pilgrimage day on July 15 for St. Jude Youth Group teens to Catholic sites in and around Fort Wayne. Over 30 teens and about 10 adults began the day by celebrating Mass with Bishop Rhoades in the crypt of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, then took a tour of the cathedral, Mother Theodore Guerin Chapel and the Cathedral Museum. From there they proceeded to the Fort Wayne parishes of St. Peter, St. Mary Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, St. Patrick, Most Precious Blood, St. Jude and St. Louis Besancon, New Haven. They ended the pilgrimage with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. in the grotto at Most Precious Blood.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters will formally install its new three-member Leadership Team during a ceremony Aug. 6 in the Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel on the Victory Noll campus. The new leadership team consists of Sister Mary Jo Nelson, president, who previously served on the OLVM Leadership Team from 2000-08 as general treasurer, vocation and formation minister and mission integration coordinator at Victory Noll; Sister Lucille Martinez, vice-president, who previously served in leadership from 1980-88 and also from 2004-12; and Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary, who is in her second consecutive term on the Leadership Team and served as general secretary from 2012-16. Martinez and Downey also studied or served for a time in the Fort Wayne area.

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