Around the Diocese: June 12, 2016

The Fort Wayne St. Vincent Venture Scouts showed reverence and respect to parish fallen veterans by placing American flags on graves. The Venture Crew is a co-ed group of 14-21 year olds with a focus on high adventure activities. This summer they will be going to Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the border of Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. In the fall, they assist at the Haunted Castle/Black Forest. For information, contact svboyscouts@frontier.com.

Attention business professionals

Today’s Catholic will hold two Meet & Greet events in June. The first is Thursday, June 16, from 5-7 p.m., at Papa Vino’s Restaurant, 5110 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka. The second is Thursday June 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Hall’s Gas House, 305 E. Superior St., Fort Wayne. Business professionals are invited to diversify their network and create new connections with others from around northern Indiana. Admission is $10 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available. RSVP to tsteffen@diocesefwsb.org or call 260-399-1457. You may also register online at www.todayscatholicnews.org/meetandgreet.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters transfer building, ownership to St. Anne Communities

HUNTINGTON — Our Lady of Victory Missionary (OLVM) Sisters and Saint Anne Communities announce the symbolic transfer of the Holy Family Building from OLVM to Saint Anne’s during a special Mass with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades as celebrant.

The OLVM Sisters have completed the sale of the building to Saint Anne’s, which will now oversee health care, dietary and other services within the building. Over the next year, a new health care wing will be built connected to the current Holy Family Building, which St. Anne’s will also administrate. The entire complex will be called Saint Anne Communities at Victory Noll.

OLVM continues to own and be the administrator for the rest of the Victory Noll campus, which includes the OLV Building, the St. Joseph’s Building, the Sacred Heart Building, the Victory Noll Cemetery and surrounding property.

The St. Thomas More Society elects officers

FORT WAYNE — The St. Thomas More Society elected six board members and four officers. Board members elected to two year terms were: Judge Craig Bobay, Liz Brown, Judge Michael Kramer, Judge Kenton Kiracofe, Tom Niezer and Chris Nancarrow.

Other board members include Mark Scudder, Judge Nancy Boyer, Michael Barranda, Scott Hall, Jeremy Reidy and Carol Rhodes.  Father Mark Gurtner serves as the Bishop’s liason to the society and its Chaplain.

Elected to two year terms as officers of the Society were Chris Nancarrow – President; Jeremy Reidy – Vice President; Judge Michael Kramer – Secretary; and Tom Niezer – Treasurer.

The Society also awarded the St. Thomas More Award to attorney Otto Bonahoom. This award is given to a person within the legal community who is representative of the principles and ideals of St. Thomas More.

Tolton Society marks renewed interest with pilgrimage

SOUTH BEND — The Father Augustus Tolton bus pilgrimage to Chicago was sponsored by the Tolton Society of St. Augustine Parish. The diverse delegation of 43 also included parishioners from Sacred Heart and St. Pius X in Granger as well as Bethlehem Missionary Baptist. Pilgrims enjoyed a buffet soul food lunch at Pearl’s Restaurant in the historic Brownsville area of Chicago.

The pilgrimage was enhanced by knowledgeable tour guides Vanessa White of Chicago Theological Union and Deacon Gerard Jordan of Pennsylvania. Traveling by Cardinal bus, the group walked in the steps of servant of God Father Augustus Tolton, stopping to pray at each historic site on the itinerary. The guides modeled the joy and love of Father Tolton for all despite the sufferings he endured from slavery, racist priests, from the physical and spiritual challenges of his ministry and from poor health — he died at the young age of 43.

To support Tolton’s cause for sainthood visit www.toltoncanonization.org.

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