March 29, 2019 // Diocese

Around the Diocese: March 31, 2019

Grief counselor to present free seminars

FORT WAYNE — The Ramada Plaza Marquis Ballroom on Washington Center Road in Fort Wayne will be the location of two seminars for community members and professionals. On Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., the topic presented for the general public will be “Loving from the outside in, mourning from the inside out: helping yourself heal when someone dies.” On Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., the topic will be “When grief is ‘complicated’: a model to understand, identify and companion grievers,” for members of the professional caregiving community.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt, author, educator and grief counselor, will present the programs. A past recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, Wolfelt is director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition located in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is known throughout the United States and Canada for his educational contributions in the areas of both childhood and adult grief.

For more information and to request a ticket, call D.O. McComb & Sons at 260-426-9494.

University of Saint Francis annual Formula for Life 5K 

FORT WAYNE – The 11th annual Formula for Life 5K, which raises funds to support the residential, nutritional and medical needs of orphans in Haiti, will be take place Sunday, April 14, at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.
The run/walk starts at 1 p.m. at Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus, 2701 Spring St.

Founded by a USF student who was inspired to help the situation in Haiti, funds raised support the children of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage, as well as neighboring families.

Registration is $15 per person, or $13 per person for families of three or more. To register, visit or request a form via email from [email protected].
The first 300 people registered will receive an event T-shirt.

The 5K is open to everyone, from competitive runners to casual walkers. High school seniors and full-time college students at any college who participate are eligible for $1,000, $500 or $250 awards to be used for academic purposes. The more people the student registers, the better his or her chance of winning one of the cash awards.
University of Saint Francis students regularly take mission trips to Haiti to help with medical, dental, mental health and veterinary needs. A group will make the journey again in May.

A middle school student at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Fort Wayne, asks a question of Michael Shank of Shank Brothers — a heating, air conditioning and plumbing contractor — during Middle School Career Day on March 21. Twenty-one speakers gave presentations to the students and answered questions about vocations, education, the legal profession, Career Academy and more. Career Day was introduced at the school in order to meet new state standards and graduation pathway guidelines. — Provided by Lois Widner


Leaders of the Knights of Columbus from across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend hosted Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades for vespers and a meeting on March 7 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Fort Wayne. A replica of the San Damiano Crucifix, made in Italy, was blessed by the bishop and presented to the leadership of each council. Several members of the Franciscan Friars Minor, who are in seminary at the Athenaeum of Ohio, were in attendance. The Knights presented the bishop with a donation of $24,450 — making a total of $170,150, over nine years, for the seminary education of the friars. — Provided by Mark Michuda

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