Kasia Balsbaugh

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Andrew Barnes Ordained to the Order of the Diaconate

“Deacon Andy … that sounds good,” Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades said with a smile at the end of the Mass in which he ordained Deacon Andrew Barnes to the sacred […]

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ND’s Master of Divinity Graduates Sent Off to Ministry

This year’s seven lay graduates of the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity program come from various stages of life and backgrounds. Some were undergrads at Notre Dame, while […]

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Students, Faculty Enter the Church at Saint Joseph High School During Pastoral Visit

Bishop Rhoades made a special visit to Saint Joseph High School in South Bend on Wednesday, May 1, to confer the sacraments of initiation on six members of the school […]

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Notre Dame’s Remick Program Trains Catholic School Leaders

Kevin Baxter, Director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, calls the initiative a “practical principal preparation program.” What makes the program unique, he […]

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Bishop Rhoades Visits St. Michael School in Plymouth

“Are we here to play basketball?” Bishop Rhoades joked to the kindergarteners and first graders gathered to meet him in the gym at St. Michael Catholic School in Plymouth. After […]

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Diocese Prepares for Annual Way of St. Joseph Pilgrimage

Not many places have two churches named after the same saint within five miles of each other, separated by a river and enclosed in a county also named after the […]

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Bishop Confirms Young People at St. Matthew Cathedral

On Saturday, March 16, at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend, Bishop Rhoades confirmed 76 young people from seven parishes in the South Bend area. The Gospel reading featured the […]

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Pueri Cantores Youth Choir Sings for Solemnity of St. Joseph

With their performance at Mass about to begin, members of the Pueri Cantores youth choir were finishing up their final rehearsal when conductor Jeremy Hoy took the time to calm […]

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Sisters at Saint Joseph Committed to College Powerhouse

Besides Red Bull, hype music, and talking down nerves, sisters Riley and Berkley Zache have another essential pregame preparation. “Riley and I, we’ll usually pray together,” Berkley explained. “We just […]

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Marian Teacher Receives Grant to Study Fencing Overseas

Thomas duToit first heard about medieval fencing from YouTube. Now, thanks to a Lilly Endowment grant, the teacher at Marian High School in Mishawaka will be traveling to Germany to […]

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Catechumens, Candidates Enter Final Preparations After Rite of Election

At the Rite of Election, Bishop Rhoades clarified that the event wasn’t “a political election – no one has voted for you.” He paused, then added, generating laughter in the […]

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Bishop Rhoades Speaks on ‘Unwanted Abortions’ at Notre Dame

Bishop Rhoades remembers being a high school student when the Supreme Court decided the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. “We were all appalled, like, how could this be?” he […]