Around the Diocese: June 5, 2016

Central Catholic Memorial Plaza to be dedicated

FORT WAYNE — Central Catholic Memorial Plaza will be dedicated and blessed in a ceremony Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. The plaza is on the original site of Central Catholic High School at the corner of South Clinton and Lewis Street. Msgr. Robert Schulte will bless the plaza, and speakers will include some graduates from Central Catholic. The site now includes a restored statue of the Christ of Lewis Street, which once stood atop the school building. It also includes new landscaping, lighting, engraved memorial bricks in a pathway that leads to the statue and a memorial to the high school. The public is encouraged to attend the dedication ceremony. For more information contact Leanne Mensing at 260-485-0290 or lmensing1@frontier.com.

School Sisters of St. Francis celebrate jubilee

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — On June 18, 52 School Sisters of St. Francis in the United States will celebrate milestone anniversaries of service as women religious. In addition, two lay women and men in Associate Relationship with the community will celebrate their 40- year jubilee and two will celebrate their 25-year jubilee.

Sister Bernice Gall is celebrating 60 years of consecrated life. Her ministry includes service in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Sister Bernice (Benigna) Gall was born in Howell, Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, and a Master of Science degree in Education from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne. In the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend she was a teacher/organist in Monroeville at St. Rose of Lima School (1962-1968) and at St. Joseph School (1971-1972).  Sister is retired and resides in Des Moines, Iowa, where she serves in the ministry of prayer and presence at a local convent.

Live a life of no regrets

NIX SETTLEMENT — Robert Rogers has devoted his life to helping people face life-altering events. His tragedy brought him ever closer to God, who saved him. Rogers will speak at St. Catherine of Alexandria, Nix Settlement, 9989 State Rd. 9 south of Columbia City on Tuesday, June 28, from 7-8 p.m. with light refreshments served afterwards. Contact Doris Seabaugh at 260-248-8666 or email dmseabaugh@embarqmail.com.

National Award for Architecture given to Duncan Stroik

NEW YORK CITY – The Arthur Ross Award is the oldest award for classical architecture in the United States. It “recognizes and celebrates excellence in the classical tradition.” This year, Duncan Stroik, practicing architect and professor at the University of Notre Dame, received the Arthur Ross Award in McKim, Mead & White’s historic University Club in New York City.

Stroik received his architectural education from the University of Virginia and Yale University. In 1990, after serving as a project designer for Allan Greenberg, he was invited to help implement a new curriculum in classical architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His work utilizes hand drawing, full-scale details, and watercolor renderings, as well as close collaboration with painters, sculptors and other craftsmen. Learning from the great tradition has led him to visit and study buildings in situ throughout Europe, including the opportunity to measure the work of Andrea Palladio in the Veneto.

Stroik’s Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California was the first classical chapel to be built on a college campus in sixty years. His Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is the grandest classical church built in decades. He is also known for the “creative restoration” of Saint Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Presently, Stroik is working on a $28 million, 1300-seat chapel complete with a masonry dome, interior limestone columns, and two world-class organs for a college in Michigan.

The New York Times called Stroik a “Young Old Fogey” in 1994. The Wall Street Journal has said that, “Stroik has labored long and hard to reconnect Catholic artistic patronage with its ancient heritage.”

Stroik’s efforts to bring beauty back to churches led to the founding of the Institute for Sacred Architecture and its journal, Sacred Architecture. He is the author of “The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal.” His work is animated by the conviction that beautiful and durable architecture ennobles mankind and honors the Creator.

The Dominican Friars Eastern Province of St. Joseph held its priestly ordinations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 21. Father Patrick Mary Briscoe was one of 11 men ordained. Briscoe attended St. Charles Parish and Bishop Dwenger High School. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, OP, was the ordaining prelate. — Jaclyn Lippelmann

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