September 1, 2015 // Uncategorized

Around the Diocese for September 6, 2015

Eco-friendly parenting showcase offered

MISHAWAKA — Saint Joseph Health System Mishawaka Medical Center invites the Michiana community to attend Pure Parenting, a free event showcasing eco-friendly and natural products for growing families.

Pure Parenting will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Education Centers at Mishawaka Medical Center.

Eco-friendly products and services will be on display throughout the event. Attendees will be able to speak with experts about how they can raise a family the “green” and healthy way.

In addition to educational displays, products and experts, SJHS physicians and staff will also speak on the following topics: “Fertility Care: Going green with organic family planning” — Dr. David Parker and Suzy Younger, SJHS FertilityCare at 11 a.m.; “Food for thought: Why breast is best” — Dr. Lia Faase at noon; “Well-child visits: Why they are so important” — Dr. Karen Davis at 1 p.m.; “What to expect when you are testing: Genetic screening options”— Dr. Asad Sheikh and Dr. Melissa Gillette at 2 p.m.

Beyond Zen Studio will offer a free prenatal yoga class at 10 a.m. The first 200 participants will receive complimentary fruit infusion water bottles. Door prizes will be available, including car and booster seats.

Future Business Leaders of America attend conference

SOUTH BEND — Six members of the Saint Joseph High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer. Over 10,000 attendees came from across the U.S. and other countries. Student Mitch Murphy placed sixth nationally in the economic competition.

Indiana has not had anyone place in the top 10 in any competition in seven years. There were over 13,000 students and advisors in attendance at this conference from all 50 states. The students that attended and their competitions were Mitch Murphy, economics; Aidan Gonzales, business calculations; Garrett Loitz and Stephen Grissoli, digital design and promotion; Scott Coyne and Colin Mackey, e-business.

Katherine Frazier enters Adrian Dominican Congregation

ADRIAN, Michigan — The Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, the Adrian Dominican Sisters, celebrated the Rite of Entrance into Candidacy for Katherine Frazier on Aug. 8, during a special liturgy marking the feast of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers.

Frazier, the older of two daughters of Lee and Lynne (McKenna) Frazier, of Fort Wayne, had spent the past year as a pre-candidate of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. While continuing her ministry as coordinator of the Bishop Donald Trautman Catholic House at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, Frazier also focused on coming to know the Adrian Dominican Sisters better. As the first to enter the congregation’s new pre-candidacy program, Frazier also spent the year in discerning her call to religious life and her readiness and capacity for ministry and community life.

The Aug. 8 rite signified the next step in the initial formation process for Frazier. After Dominican Sister Maribeth Howell, former formation director, formally testified as to Frazier’s readiness for the next step, Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly, prioress of the congregation, called her forward.

“In faithfulness you have listened to God’s call and have responded with a ‘yes’ to continue in a relationship of mutual discernment for vowed membership,” Sister Attracta told Frazier. “We welcome you into our midst to share faith and life with us.”

Sister Attracta presented Frazier with a copy of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Mission Statement, as well as the image of her name’s sake, Dominican mystic and Church reformer St. Catherine of Siena.

Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, and an MPhil in world archeology from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. As a candidate, she will live in Siena House, the formation house, study the identity and history of the congregation and serve in ministries on the motherhouse campus.

Joseph Trout professes vows of Dominican brothers

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Joseph M. Trout, along with four other Dominican friars, will make a solemn profession of vows as a brother to the Dominican order received by Dominican Father James V. Marchionda, prior provincial of the Province of St. Albert the Great, at St. Pius V Church in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at St. Dominic Priory. Trout’s home parish, St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, will host a reception on Sept. 19 from 2-5 p.m. Trout, a 2004 graduate of Bishop Dwenger and graduate of Purdue University, plans to pursue studies for the Priesthood. He made his first temporary vows on Aug 15, 2011, which mark his permanent date for Dominican anniversaries. He teaches theology at Fenwick, the Dominican high school in Chicago.

USF to present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will present the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” during the fall semester as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration. An open audition for the musical will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the USF North Campus in room 137, with call backs taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The USF School of Creative Arts is inviting all interested individuals to audition as this is a large production. Those auditioning are asked to prepare and memorize one verse of a song, which best demonstrates their vocal ability. Standard Broadway show tunes are preferred and sheet music will be required as an accompanist is provided, but producers are also looking for performers who can handle the “rock and roll feel” of this high-energy musical.

Performances will be presented Friday through Sunday, Nov. 6-8 and 13-15, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

Tickets are available through ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260-422-4226 or online anytime at

‘Peace is Always Possible’ meeting at Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME — For nearly 50 years, members of the Community of Sant’Egidio have responded to the needs of their cities and the world through prayer, friendship with the poor and the promotion of peace through dialogue. On Sept. 9-10, the Community of Sant’Egidio and the University of Notre Dame will offer two moments of prayer and dialogue called “Peace is Always Possible.”

A plenary session will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. with the topic “Peace Is Always Possible: Reflections from Proven Peacemakers,” which will include an interfaith dialogue panel at McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the topic “Ecumenical Prayer for Peace in all Lands” will include a candlelight procession, and signing of the Appeal for Peace at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame.

During this week, Sept. 6-13, there will also be several opportunities of dialogue, prayer and service. Visit

USF announces Brookside Ballroom Lecture Series

FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology has announced the dates and speakers for its 2015-2016 Brookside Ballroom lecture series. All events, except for the Sept. 23 lecture, will take place in the ballroom of the Brookside building on the USF campus, 2701 Spring St.

• Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. — “Catholic Teaching on Marriage, Divorce and Annulments” featuring Father Mark Gurtner (Achatz Hall of Science, 2701 Spring St.)

• Oct 11, at 3 p.m. — “Isaiah 40-55: The Book of Consolation” featuring Sister Felicity Dorsett, OSF

• Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. — “Eastern Christians and Islam” featuring Dr. Adam DeVille

• Feb. 7, 2016, at 3 p.m. — “Living an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” featuring Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF

• March 6, 2016, at 3 p.m. — “Religious Freedom” featuring Dr. John Bequette

• April 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. — “Emmanuel Levinas on Ethics as First Philosophy” featuring Dr. Vincent Wargo

• April 17, 2016, at 3 p.m. — “What’s This Nonsense About Values?” featuring Dr. Earl Kumfer

These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emily Lautzenheiser at [email protected].

Local middle schoolers nominated for Broadcom MASTERS competition

Jessica Hartmus, an eighth-grader at Huntington Catholic School, has been named one of 300 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists for her engineering project “Untouchable Music: A Study of the Theremin.” Her second-place finish at the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF) in March earned her a nomination to apply to the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS — the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

Two other nominees have also been named semifinalists  — a brother and sister team, Eric and Dahlia Cobos of St. Jude School in Fort Wayne, tied for second place with their environmental science project titled, “The Evil Twin.”

Thirty finalists were named Sept. 2 and competition, which includes a top prize of $25,000, will be held Oct. 1-7, in San Jose, California.

Join Ancilla College for the 25th Annual Blueberry Bicycle Cruise

DONALDSON – The Ancilla Alumni Association, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, will host the 25th anniversary of their Blueberry Bicycle Cruise on Saturday, Sept. 5, in Plymouth.

Routes will be available covering 31, 41 or 62 miles, and a special family tour of 16 miles to the Chief Menominee Monument. The cruise has won wide acclaim for being well organized and scenic with outstanding SAGs (support and gear).

The starting point for the BBC (maps to starting point available upon request) will be at Menominee Elementary School, on Plymouth’s south side on Discovery Lane off of Nutmeg Road, 815 Discovery Ln., Plymouth.

Registration will begin at 6 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m. Riders may leave at 7 a.m. Those on the 62-mile (100 km) route must depart by 10 a.m. Ancilla asks all riders be off the routes by 4 p.m.

The event is only one of several to be held at Marshall County’s 43rd annual Blueberry Festival. Held over Labor Day weekend in Plymouth, the Blueberry Festival is one of the Midwest’s premier events and has been named a Top 100 Event in North American by the American Bus Association in 1997, 1999 and again in 2007.

The Blueberry Bicycle Cruise will be held rain or shine. Food, drink and fruit will be available at the SAG stops.

Register online today to get the best rates. Maps and additional information are available on the Ancilla website. Like Ancilla College on Facebook. For more information, call Lily Myers at 574-780-1949 or Todd Zeltwanger at 574-936-8898, ext. 345. Any Ancilla alumni interested in volunteering for the event should also call.

Two to profess final vows, ordained deacons in Holy Cross

NOTRE DAME — The Congregation of Holy Cross celebrated the final profession of vows of two men at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.

Holy Cross Father Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province of Priests and Brothers, presided at the Mass and received the vows of Holy Cross Deacons Matthew E. Hovde and Dennis A. Strach II.

Holy Cross Deacons Matthew Hovde and Dennis Strach II took the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience according to the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For the past several years, they have been in a period of temporary vows, which they renewed annually. On Aug. 29, they committed their lives and work to the communal life and ministry of Holy Cross.

They were ordained to the Order of the Deacon at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Moreau Seminary Chapel by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, bishop of the Peoria Diocese.

Matthew Hovde is the youngest of three children of Robert and Cynthia Hovde of Miami, Florida. He graduated with a bachelor’s in history/theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, where he earned a Master of Divinity in 2015. Hovde entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2007 as an Old Collegian. He made his first profession of vows on July 28, 2012.

During his formation, Hovde served at the Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame, (2012-2013); at St. Joseph Parish (Summer 2013); St. Pius X Parish (2013-2014); the Shrine of Basil Moreau, LeMans France (Summer 2014); and as assistant director of the Old College Undergraduate Seminary, Notre Dame (2014-2015).

Matthew will serve his diaconate year as assistant rector of Sorin College, University of Notre Dame and in Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame.

Dennis Strach II is the only son of Dennis and Carla Strach of Rochester Hills, Mich. He graduated with a bachelor’s from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, in 2010, pursued graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2010-2011 and earned his Master of Divinity from the university in 2015. He entered Holy Cross in August 2010 as a postulant and made his first vows on July 28, 2012.

During his formation, Strach served in Confirmation prep at the Office of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame (2010-2011); completed a summer assignment at St. Adalbert Catholic Church (summer 2011); served as chaplain of spiritual care at the Penrose and St. Francis Hospitals, as well as the Namaste Alzheimer Center his novitiate year (2011-2012). Strach then served at La Casa de Amistad, South Bend (2012-2013); Fe y Alegria School, Canto Grande, Peru (summer 2013); Marian High School, Mishawaka (2013-2014); and served in marriage preparation at the Office of Campus Ministry, University of Notre Dame (2014-2015).

Strach will serve as a deacon at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.

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