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Ministries of the diocese

Adult Faith Formation   and RCIA  

Annual Bishop’s Appeal  
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is the major funding source for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.  The ministries funded by the appeal enable the diocese to reach across parish boundaries to do the work of the Church. 

Assistant to the Bishop in Pastoral Care

Black Catholic Ministry  
Guide the diocese to seek and propose ways to effectively meet pastoral, social and cultural issues relating to Catholics of African descent; and to strive for the evangelization of our faith communities, the unchurched and the broader Church in order to promote unity, pride and understanding in the Church and community. 

Catechesis (Office of) 

Serves as advocates for the catechetical needs of all people, providing guidance and support to the faith formation of the diocese.

Diocesan Museum 
Religious artifacts dating back to the mid-13th century. Located on the Garden Level (lower level) of the Noll Catholic Center in Fort Wayne.

Catholic Cemetery  
A resting place that is sacred and shared with all fellow pilgrims awaiting the resurrection of the dead and the promise of everlasting life. 

Catholic Charities  
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend Inc., is a state-licensed, COA-accredited social services agency serving people in the Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. 

Catholic Communications Office  
Assists Bishop Rhoades in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to surrounding communities and the secular media. 

Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana  

The Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana was formed to provide for the financial future of our diocese, and provide ways for individuals and families to invest in the work of Christ throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Catholic Relief Services 
Works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need. 260-496-4700

Catholic Schools Office  
Through Catholic schools and parish religious education and youth ministry programs, children are introduced to the joy of the Gospel. The office assists parents as the primary educators of their children.

College Campus Ministry  
Supports students at institutes of higher education by offering experiences and exploration of the Catholic faith through gathered prayer, sacraments, learning, conversation, socialization and more! All students are welcome regardless of their faith background.

Courage/EnCourage  
Courage assists those dealing with same-sex attraction to live a life of faith in accord with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Encourage offers support for the parents and loved ones of those dealing with same-sex attraction.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Advocacy for) 
Committed to advocate for the dignity, acceptance and inclusion of all people in church, school and pastoral ministries. Assist and support parishes, schools, and our local communities to create an environment that respects the right of all persons to live, learn and grow in holiness.

Development Office  
Fostering a prayerful and generous response to support the work of our Lord throughout the diocese. 

Diocesan Archives  
Works to collect, preserve and make available for research the official records of the Diocese and those ancillary records which reflect the work of the Church within the Diocese.

Disabilities (Advocacy for Persons with) 
Committed to advocate for the dignity, acceptance and inclusion of all persons with special needs in church, school and pastoral ministries by promoting full and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society. 

Evangelization and Discipleship

Ecumenical Office  
Seeks to strengthen ties with other Christian religions and initiate dialogues with specific Christian denominations. Helps coordinate ecumenical worship services and foster interfaith dialogue.

Family Life Office  
Assists the bishop in pastoral care of marriage and the family and in promotion of a culture of life.

Hispanic Ministry  
Seeks to strengthen and support the pastoral care of Catholics of Hispanic heritage and help other offices serve the Hispanic community.

Jail Ministry  
Assist Catholics and Catholic parishes in applying the Scriptural call for justice and the work of evangelization within the context of their local neighborhoods and cities.

Permanent Diaconate  
The Order of Deacons is an ancient order of the Church reestablished by Pope Paul VI at the suggestion of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). 

Project Rachel - Post Abortion Healing  
Offers hope and healing for all those who suffer from the pain of abortion and its aftermath.

Safe Environment Program  
Administers Safe Environment practices and resources for the diocese. Victim Assistance: 260-399-1458.

Televised Mass  
TV Ministry to those persons who cannot attend Mass at their regular parish. The TV Mass is 30 minutes long and features a different celebrant each week.

Today’s Catholic  
Official publication of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Tribunal  
Marriage and the Marriage Nullity Process

Young Adult Ministry  
Young adult men and women in their late teens, twenties, and thirties, who are single, married, divorced, or widowed, with or without children are invited to participate in  socializing, learning, praying and serving with  peers.

Youth Ministry  
To support and strengthen youth ministry by forming leaders and providing resources.

Vocation Office  
Fosters awareness and counsels those interested about religious and priestly vocations. Recruitment, selection and ongoing preparation of men for the diocesan priesthood.

Worship Office  
Assists the bishop in his care for the sacred liturgy; provides programs and resources for liturgical practice and for the initial and ongoing formation of liturgical ministers. Is a support and resource for the RCIA, including the coordination of diocesan rites. Assists with liturgical aspects of church renovation and new church building.


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