Vince LaBarbera

Vince LaBarbera

Freelance Writer

Vince LaBarbera is a Fort Wayne native. He attended Cathedral Grade School, Central Catholic High School and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts. He also earned a master of science degree in journalism and advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Following active duty training with the U.S. Army Reserve, he began a 30-year career in the Public Affairs Department of Indiana Michigan Power Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, holding positions of advertising supervisor, editor of publications and information services manager. He also served the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 15 years, initially as the associate and then director of communications. He has been writing for Today’s Catholic since the mid-1990s. Vince is retired, but continues to enjoy freelance writing and volunteering for the Radio Reading Service of the Allen County Public Library. He’s also a charter member of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, playing trumpet and sharing announcing duties, and he is a member of Buglers Across America and Band Alumni of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Marty, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January 2017. They are the parents of four children: Michael, in Arvada, Colorado; Gregory, in Vancouver, Washington; Timothy, in Warren, Indiana; and Christine (Robbins), in Butler, Indiana. They have three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The LaBarberas have been active members of St. Therese Church for more than 40 years.

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Diocesan vocations to the permanent diaconate ‘robust’

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the initial rank of ordained ministry. Some deacons continue on after their ordination to the diaconate to become ordained priests: Others have been […]

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Patrick was a saint, I ain’t

Most folks generally know that St. Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and that his feast day is observed on March 17, the day he died. And many […]

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Right time for a journey of faith

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a faith journey for those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. “I always thought about it, but it never seemed to […]

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Bishop Rhoades visits refugee families to ‘Share the Journey’

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Pope Francis inaugurated a two-year global public action and awareness crusade to promote opportunities for migrants and their new communities to strengthen the bond between them. […]

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Bishop Rhoades announces a pleasant surprise at Blessed Sacrament Parish

Click here for more photos from the event. Usually there are few surprises when Catholics attend Mass. But the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albion who attended the 4 […]

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Senior couple provides hot meals, in motion

The words “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” have long been associated with the American […]

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‘TV Mass Sister’ completes 25 years of ministry to homebound

“Every Sunday, I had the joy of electronically stepping into the sacred space of sick rooms in hospitals, nursing homes, living rooms and prison cells to bring the celebration of […]

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Father Thadeus Balinda to observe silver jubilee in Uganda

Father Thadeus (“Tad”) Balinda will observe his 25-year anniversary of priesthood on June 27 in Uganda, where he was ordained. His local parish, St. Patrick, Arcola, where he has served […]

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Brouwer receives Scoutmaster of the Year honor

Johnathan Brouwer recently was named Scoutmaster of the Year of the Miami District, serving the southern half of Allen County including parts of Fort Wayne, New Haven, Monroeville and all […]

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Chosen to be a potter

By Vince LaBarbera A potter is someone who makes pottery. But that simple definition belies the amount of time, skill and labor that goes into the ceramic creations of clay […]

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Msgr. Bernard Galic retires

By Vince LaBarbera For more photos visit the photo gallery. YODER — Following a 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and approximately 21 concelebrants June 19 at […]

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Mass, breakfast with Fort Wayne St. Vincent de Paul Society held

By Vince LaBarbera FORT WAYNE — “Like Jesus in today’s Gospel, St. Vincent de Paul, Blessed Frederick Ozanam, and members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society have been moved with […]