May 4, 2016 // Uncategorized

Around the Diocese: May 8, 2016

Area teachers and principals recently had the opportunity to collaborate with other Catholic educators across the United States at the NCEA conference in San Diego, California. Teachers and principal Lois Widner from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and Theresa Carroll, principal at St. Bernard School in Wabash were able to attend. Lois Widner and Theresa Carroll also made a presentation at the conference.

Mornings of Reflection offered

FORT WAYNE-SOUTH BEND — The diocesan Office of Worship will host “Mornings of Reflection” for liturgical ministers on Saturday, June 11, at the following times and locations:

Fort Wayne area: Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at St. John the Baptist Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave.

South Bend area: Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon at St. Jude Church, 19704 Johnson Rd.

Led by diocesan seminarians, these events can serve as an annual retreat for diocesan extraordinary ministers and lectors, although anyone may attend.  They are free of charge, but pre-registration through the diocese is necessary.  The registration form can be downloaded at

Registration information can also be submitted via email to [email protected]

The registration deadline is June 8.

The Father Solanus Casey Vocation Society (formerly known as the Fort Wayne Serra Club) presented Christian Leadership awards at the monthly luncheon meeting April 15 at St. Joseph Hospital. Four students from Bishop Luers and Bishop Dwenger High Schools were nominated by the respective faculties and campus ministry staffs for their exemplary roles. Pictured, from left, are James Slocum and Katie Prendergast from Bishop Luers and Jessica Bundy and Matthew Litchfield from Bishop Dwenger.

USF rewarding high school talent with scholarships

FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis will award scholarships to incoming students and high school seniors on Talent Scholarship Day, Friday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road, at the Fort Wayne Ballet downtown, and the music technology facilities in the USF North Campus at 2702 Spring St. High school juniors are also invited to receive reviews and advice in preparation for their senior year.

Talent Scholarship Day gives new USF students with an interest in art, dance, communication or music the opportunity to submit a portfolio for review and/or audition for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships are available in art history, music technology, dance, studio art, graphic design, art education, animation, communication, pre-art therapy, theatre, jazz, ensemble, marching band, color guard and the University Singers.

Awarded scholarships are renewable for eight semesters, if requirements are met, and can be added to any academic scholarships or need-based grants a student might also receive.

Appointments are required. To reserve a time or receive further information, contact the School of Creative Arts at (260) 399-8064.

STEM Students are also being offered thousands in scholarship funds. The National Science Foundation is offering the Roger Bacon Scholarship to students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

Each scholarship is worth up to $6,500 the first year and are renewable for higher amounts each year, totaling up to $29,000 through graduation. Institutional and noninstitutional financial aid, including federal and state grants and outside scholarships will be taken into account in determining the size of the scholarship. In addition to these funds, Roger Bacon Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in special learning experiences including trips and independent research projects.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and scholarship applicants must meet a list of requirements, including academic achievements and written and verbal evaluations.

Steps of Immigration and Citizenship presentation and workshop offered

FORT WAYNE — Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Catholic Charities staff and a variety of expert speakers will review various aspects of the immigration and citizenship process during a presentation and workshop specifically geared toward individuals and agencies who work with immigrant and refugee populations. This training, open to the general public as well, will be held Thursday, June 2, in the Garden level of the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, 915 S. Clinton St.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. Register online at eventbrite:

University of Saint Francis names commencement speaker

FORT WAYNE  — The University of Saint Francis will host the 2016 Commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

This year’s graduating class is made up of 619 students including graduate and undergraduate degrees. Interim Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and USF alum, Don Clemmer will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

In addition, community activist Mimi Rolland and former USF instructor George Eickhoff will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

Notre Dame professor to speak at Holy Cross College commencement

NOTRE DAME — Rev. Canon Hugh Page, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs at the University of Notre Dame, will be the keynote speaker for the 49th commencement exercises at Holy Cross College on May 14. The commencement ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Pfeil Athletic Center on the Holy Cross College campus.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Page speak for commencement, because he is committed to the mission of the Holy Cross Congregation in creating transformative educational experiences for students,” says Brother John Paige, CSC, president of Holy Cross College.

Mercy in OUR city

FORT WAYNE — St. Jude Parish will offer a panel discussion on the Corporal Works of Mercy and how local organizations incorporate those works.

Each of the panelists will give a brief presentation about their work, followed by a question and answer period. The panel discussion will be held in the St. Jude Parish hall from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

In collaboration with the Social Action and Adult Education committees, four panelists, involved in local organizations, will tell of their work and offer ways to help. The panelists are: Rev. Elisha Harris, Jail Chaplaincy and founder of Jubilee House; Gloria Whitcraft, Catholic Charities; Carla Kilgore, Just Neighbors; and Jeff Perlich, Director Business Development for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.

World Refugee Day 

FORT WAYNE — Catholic Charities will host a World Refugee Day Celebration  Friday, June 17, in the Garden Level Banquet Room at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, 915 S. Clinton St. The event is free and open to the public and will include presentations from refugees in the Fort Wayne area highlighting the traditional songs, dances, and foods that they bring to our city and stories of their accomplishments and appreciation for the support of their new communities.



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