January 20, 2016 // Uncategorized

Around the Diocese: January 24, 2016

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is shown with St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store manager Tim Fagan in the sorting area where donations are brought to the Fort Wayne location. The bishop visited and toured the Fort Wayne store on Thursday, Jan. 14, and offered a renewed blessing on the store, its staff and the mission to serve the poor.

Evening of reflection to explore Jubilee Year of Mercy

HUNTINGTON — Pope Francis proclaimed a Jubilee Year of Mercy from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016. Victory Noll Center will explore what that means with an evening of reflection with Franciscan Sister Jacinta Krecek from the University of Saint Francis. All are welcome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. for an evening of presentation, discussion and reflection on this timely topic. Light supper is included. The cost is $20 and those interested should register by Feb. 10.

Sister Jacinta Krecek has been a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration for 29 years. She is currently teaching theology and coordinating the ministry program at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.

Victory Noll Center is located at 1900 W. Park Dr. in Huntington.

For more information about Victory Noll Center or the program, call 260-356-0628, ext. 174, or contact the center by e-mail at [email protected].
More information is also available on the center’s website at

Ancilla College hosts free ‘How-To Fill-Out-Your FAFSA’ workshops

DONALDSON — Ancilla College is hosting financial aid presentations throughout the area. A big part of the mission at Ancilla College is to help all students pay for school. Ninety-five percent of Ancilla students receive aid in the form of grants, loans and scholarships.

Parents or guardians of seniors at area high schools are invited to find out if their child qualifies to receive more than $13,100 annually for college.

Locations, times and dates for Ancilla College-sponsored free FAFSA workshops are: Monday, Jan 25, at Oregon-Davis High School in Hamlet at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Culver High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 8, in the Argos High School media center at 6:30 p.m.; or at Ancilla College on Thursday, March 3, at Ancilla College, room C146, at 10:30 a.m.; Monday, March 7, at Ancilla College, room C144 at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, March 8, at Ancilla College, room C144 at 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 9, at Ancilla College, room C144 at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 10, at Ancilla College, room C146 at 8:30 a.m.; or Thursday, March 10, at Ancilla College, room C146 at 1 p.m.

At Ancilla’s presentations, experts will assist students and parents in filling out the FAFSA form. All financial aid starts with the FAFSA, which is due March 10.

FAFSA is the tool Ancilla College uses to ensure its students qualify for as much aid and support as possible for their education. Ancilla’s FAFSA school code is 001784.

For more information visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

College student-run Camp Kesem to be held

NOTRE DAME — Camp Kesem, a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, will kick off its 14th annual season of camp in the Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan area.

In the summer of 2015, over 5,000 children ages 6-16 attended free summer camps during over 70 weeklong sessions of Camp Kesem held at sites from coast-to-coast. Dedicated students from the University of Notre Dame organize Camp Kesem locally in the Michiana area. This summer, Camp Kesem at Notre Dame will host 80 campers from July 31 to Aug. 5 at YMCA Camp Storer in Jackson, Michigan.

Camp Kesem helps these children through and beyond their parent’s cancer by providing a carefree and fun environment in which they can interact and bond with peers who face similar struggles at home. Children that attend Camp Kesem Notre Dame will participate in a host of fun activities including sports, drama, arts and crafts, adventurous scavenger hunts and talent shows. Camp Kesem Notre Dame also hosts an annual capture-the-flag game, as well as an empowerment ceremony to reflect on camper’s experiences and hardships. Nightly “Cabin Chats” allow campers to open up to their peers and counselors.

Dedicated students at University of Notre Dame work yearlong to organize, plan and fundraise for an impactful week of camp. Student volunteers and counselors experience leadership development and undergo 20 hours of extensive training prior to camp. Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to all participating families and is therefore supported by private donations and community support.

For more information about the camp and how to register, visit www.campkesem.org/notre-dame.

Three-day Eucharistic retreat to be held

SOUTH BEND — A three-day Eucharistic retreat with the Franciscan Brothers Minor will be held for eighth graders and high school teens at Holy Family School, 56407 Mayflower Rd., in South Bend, from Feb. 19-21, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. and concluding on Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost is $25. Register by Feb. 1 to Linda Lagodney at 574-289-7375 or [email protected].

Upcoming USF event to examine the Syrian refugee crisis

FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis is hosting an event that will examine the issues surrounding the plight of Syrian refugees. The event will be free and open to the community at the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St.

“The Syrian Refugee Crisis — Facts vs. Fiction” will be presented on Feb. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the current crisis and its historical context amid the flood of information and misinformation in the media. Hear the accounts of three Fort Wayne men, Sam Jarjour, Amar Masri and Caleb Jehl, along with their friend Troy E. Spier, an activist and doctoral student whom they met on the ground in Eastern Europe while working with Syrian refugees. Attendees will hear personal stories of Syrian families and those trying to help them in their perilous escape from a war-torn homeland to places of safety in the West.

Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of American aid worker Peter Kassig, who was taken hostage and slain by ISIS in November, 2014, will also be present to discuss how they have continued their son’s important work in serving Syrian refugees.

Glon to take new role at Marian High School

MISHAWAKA — At Marian High School, athletics is an integral part of the Catholic education and the rich athletic tradition has produced outstanding men and women over the past 51 years. Reggie Glon has been a strong part of that tradition for 22 years.

Effective July 1, Glon will assume a new role as the director of operations for Marian High School. He will also continue his career as the varsity football coach.

As the director of operations, Glon will oversee the use of the grounds and facilities, as well as the staff that maintains the two gymnasiums and athletic fields on Marian’s 72-acre campus. Glon will also continue teaching classes in the physical education department.

Glon says he is looking forward to working a little less than 24/7 as the athletic director for 25 varsity sports. More importantly, he wants to have more time for his family. He and his wife would like to travel more, especially to visit their son Gavin who is in the Marines and their daughter Holly who recently joined the Navy. Their oldest daughter Rachael lives and works in the area, and the Glons’ youngest son Connor will graduate from Marian in 2017.

Before coming to Marian, Glon coached at South Bend Washington High School for eight years. His coaching duties at Washington High School included football, wrestling, track and swimming. Prior to coaching, he served his country in the Marine Corps.

Principal Mark Kirzeder is beginning the search for a new Marian High School athletic director. Information is available at the website of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend at www.diocesefwsb.org.

Jerry Kessens
After celebrating Mass at Saint Anne Communities on Randallia Drive in Fort Wayne on Jan. 17, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades greets Peg Karst. Saint Anne communities offers 24-hour comprehensive nursing care, rehabilitation suites and services, independent and assisted living apartments, Alzheimer and dementia care and adult day services.



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