Janet Patterson

Janet Patterson

Freelance writer

Janet describes herself as a writer, minister and educator. She thrives on projects that combine her background in lay ecclesial ministry with her years of experience as a journalist. She has worked for publications on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, in the Cleveland, Ohio, area as well as northeast Indiana. After earning a master’s degree in ministry from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, Janet served as pastoral associate at a parish in the Diocese of Cleveland. She moved to Indiana with her husband Tom, a native of Kendallville, to serve as director of campus ministry at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne. She also taught in the Philosophy and Theology Department there, and was the coordinator for the annual Christmas at USF activities for 10 years. A transplanted city girl, Janet lives on a lovely lake in the heart of Amish country and is a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in LaGrange.

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Seven Sisters Apostolate offers prayers for priests, bishops

Every Friday afternoon, Tammie Schenkel enters the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Fort Wayne’s St. Vincent de Paul Church. While her 11-month-old daughter naps in the stroller, Schenkel spends an hour […]

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Buildings, operating expenses top list of uses for ABA overages

Sometimes a financial windfall means a grand construction project can begin; sometimes it just means being able to pay bills without stress. It’s the same for parishes that go over […]

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Annual Bishop’s Appeal, young adult ministry foster spiritual and personal growth

The scenario is familiar today: A young adult leaves home to pursue education or take a job in a place far from family and friends. Adapting to new surroundings, a […]

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Annual Bishop’s Appeal funds applied diocesewide

The 2018 Annual Bishop’s Appeal for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend kicks off this month, with a goal of $5,436,859 to support ministries and programs throughout the diocese. The […]

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Bishop Luers students head to sister school in Japan

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sisterhood of the cities of Fort Wayne and Takaoka, Japan, so students from Bishop Luers High School are celebrating. On July 15, […]

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Bishop Dwenger graduates called to lives of service

When the 265 graduates of the Bishop Dwenger High School Class of 2018 walked across the stage at the Embassy Theatre Friday evening, May 25, 40 percent of them joined […]

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Father Carkenord to enter into retirement

When Father David Carkenord considered what he might do in 2018, he thought about retirement. But a night late in February made that thought a reality. “I really didn’t think […]

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A mission-critical strategy for summer evangelization

Remember the first time you heard a priest or religious say, “Just because it’s summer vacation, don’t take time off from God”? You probably said to yourself, “Sure, I go […]

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Interview with the artist: Fort Wayne artist portrays Mexican saint as ‘relatable’

Stepping into the world of Fort Wayne artist Peter Lupkin has the feel of stepping back in time. Not only does he live and work in a building on Broadway […]