• For more photos from St. Anne's feast day Mass visit the photo gallery.

    FORT WAYNE — On the feast day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, residents of St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving at a Mass offered by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

    In his homily, Bishop Rhoades referred to the Book of Exodus and the meeting tent when God met Moses and gave him directions on how to handle his people as they made their way to the promised land.

    “You too, have a blessed place where you can visit with the Lord,” Bishop Rhoades said.  “It is this Saint Anne’s Chapel where our Lord waits in the tabernacle. Leave your troubles here or celebrate with prayers of thanksgiving.”

    Bishop Rhoades reminded those present that the elderly are a great gift to the Church because their prayers create a powerful force that the bishop depends on, and urged them to offer even more prayers.

    The assistance to the Saint Anne residents from the administration and the staff was particularly acknowledged with special thanks to all.

    Concelebrating the Mass were Fathers Adam Schmitt, Robert Traub and Saint Anne Chaplain Jack Overmyer. In attendance were Msgr. Raymond Balzer and Father Robert Yast. The choir from St. Therese Parish, Fort Wayne, sang for the Mass.

    Following Mass, Bishop Rhoades chatted with each resident individually and offered encouragement and special blessings, and had lunch with the resident priests.

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  • Carl Nadeau, long the first violinist of the Saint Francis College orchestra, often practiced one of his two antique violins at home before heading to the campus.

    FORT WAYNE — The University of Saint Francis and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception lost a dear and faithful friend last March when Dr. L. Carl Nadeau, after suffering from a long illness, died.

    A familiar sight for many years, Nadeau, a resident of Three Rivers Apartments could often be seen walking downtown or on campus with his ever-present umbrella.

    Nadeau, a native of Edmunston, New Brunswick, came to Fort Wayne in 1956 to enroll at Indiana Tech for electrical engineering courses. After two years he did not qualify to go further in that field, but already having a B.A. in English and French from St. Louis College in Canada under his belt, he seized an opportunity to teach French for several months at Central Catholic High School, then later at Saint Francis College (now USF) where he taught for 46 years, retiring in February 2009. He was also a longtime violinist in the college orchestra and the proud owner of two valuable antique violins, possibly Stradivarius.

    Sister Elise Kriss, president of USF, treasures the time spent in Nadeau’s company and feels the loss keenly.

    “Carl was a very dedicated and beloved teacher,” said Sister Kriss, who has known him since 1983.

    “He enjoyed traveling and his travels would add interest to his teaching French, world literature and English composition at Saint Francis,” she said.

    Msgr. Bob Schulte, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, remembers first meeting  Nadeau in 1980. At the time Nadeau was working at the Cathedral Center as vocation director for the diocese.

    As the two men became better acquainted, Msgr. Schulte grew more impressed by Nadeau’s faith.

    “Carl served at the altar for 7 a.m. daily Mass, and also as a lector, an extraordinary minister of the Holy Eucharist, choir member and head tour guide for the cathedral,” said  Msgr. Schulte, adding that Nadeau was a very positive person who made the tours enjoyable and inspirational.

    “I remember Carl’s enthusiasm in telling me of some Palestinian visitors who were very open to understanding about the Catholic faith on their cathedral tour — Carl loved discussing religion with many various people.

    “Our conversations before the morning Mass were profoundly spiritual, often touching on Dante, Church history and Franciscan spirituality that he had received from the sisters at Saint Francis over the years,” he said.

    Tom Smith, Nadeau’s close friend and power of attorney, is a retired Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher and principal who served at the daily Masses with Nadeau.

    “We had breakfast every morning at Cracker Barrel and occasional lunches at Bob Evans,” said Smith, “and I miss the varied conversations we had. He was a very intelligent man. I know he suffered long and hard through life and I was there for him. He was a strong individual whose infinite belief in God helped him through his physical difficulties.”

    An accomplished musician, Nadeau –– in addition to playing in the college orchestra –– also sang in the Cathedral Choir and in the Philharmonic Chorus.

    “I would always look for Carl among the other choir or chorus members,” recalled Sister Kriss, adding that Nadeau was always trying to perfect his talent with the violin. Msgr. Schulte noted that Nadeau took violin lessons each Saturday.

    “Carl was also very appreciative of the sisters at the university, and would never forget to send flowers, candy or wine, or even all three, at Christmas or Easter for our enjoyment,” said Sister Kriss.

    And the accolades keep coming. Stephen E. Sullivan, USF professor of English and foreign languages, has perhaps known Nadeau longest.

    “We met at Trinity Hall in 1967 at a graduate alumni meeting, where we chatted, and the relationship grew from there,” recalled Sullivan, who lunched with Nadeau often and was a pallbearer at the funeral.

    “The one word I would use to describe Carl is ‘gracious,’ for he was always considerate of others. I miss my dear friend — his warmth, his smile, and how he made me feel like I was the only focus of his attention. He was also a veritable walking encyclopedia on many subjects, including his fascinating cathedral tours and his travels — just incredible,” said Sullivan.

    Sullivan and his wife spent much time with Nadeau, experiencing first-hand Nadeau’s passion for French cuisine and culture, as well as his French heritage.

    “Anyone who knew Carl would know how fond he was of his French lineage, spending much time, effort, money and energy, to attempt to connect the links between his family and the French throne,” said Sullivan.

    As Sullivan remembers Nadeau as “a very devout man who daily demonstrated his love for God, the Church and his fellow man,” Sister Kriss remembers him for his good sense of humor.

    “He was a fun-loving spirit, and he and I would sneak away from time to time to see a movie. I will miss his treating me to a movie and popcorn when I had the time. Carl always seemed to be available for those little excursions,” she said.

    As a good and faithful servant, Nadeau led a fascinating and rewarding life; beloved by all he met and influencing the lives of many.

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  • caitlin worm

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    WARSAW — The excitement was palpable as pilgrims gathered from across the diocese for a special Mass and World Youth Day informational meeting at Sacred Heart Parish in Warsaw on July 22.

    One-hundred-and-twenty youth and adults will be led by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on a 12-day spiritual pilgrimage through Europe that will culminate in Madrid, Spain, for the five-day World Youth Day event Aug. 16-21 — the 12th event held since 1986.

    Mass was celebrated by Bishop Rhoades who was joined at the altar by newly ordained Fathers Terrance and Matt Coonan, Father Drew Curry, Father Paul Bueter and Franciscan Father David Engo, all of whom are scheduled to travel to Spain.

    The congregation that gathered had truly begun their pilgrimage of prayer. Warsaw had been hit by severe storms earlier in the day that rendered Sacred Heart Church without power.

    Without benefit of air conditioning, lights or audio system, the Mass brought the group back to basics. Fortunately the oppressive heat did not dampen the prayerfulness or joy of these faithful travelers who chuckled as Bishop Rhoades admitted, “This is a good way to start a pilgrimage — with a little hardship.”

    Miraculously, the power came on part way through the bishop’s homily, much to everyone’s delight.

    During his homily, Bishop Rhoades spoke of the theme of World Youth Day chosen by Pope Benedict XVI from Col. 2:7, “Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith,”

    “Think about those words — We’re here because we’re rooted in Jesus Christ,” Bishop Rhoades said.

    “We all need to be built up in Jesus Christ. All seek to follow, but all can grow in faith and be firm. That’s why we’re going,” Bishop Rhoades said, adding that he hoped that the pilgrims would all be changed when they returned from their spiritual journey.

    “You’re going to experience the Church like you never have,” he said.

    Bishop Rhoades informed the rapt pilgrims of the historic locations they would be visiting on this trip abroad and spoke briefly of the many saints that enrich the ancient history of Europe, including St. Bernadette of Lourdes, France, St. Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross and St. Therese of Avilla.

    Turning to the Gospel, Bishop Rhoades identified Mary Magdelene as one of closest disciples to Jesus, who chose her to be the first to see Him in His glorified body after His resurrection. “Then, she went to tell the Apostles. … Isn’t that our vocation? To have a close relationship with Jesus and bring His message of love to others?” the Bishop challenged.

    He reminded the congregation that it takes courage to share their faith witness.

    “I can’t think of better evangelists than young people like you,” he said.

    The bishop offered a special blessing on a collection of pilgrim shells, a tradition of pilgrimage, that will be distributed to the travelers at the beginning of their journey. He prayed, “Bring all to greater holiness,” as he sprinkled the shells with holy water.

    The Mass was followed by a light supper in the school gymnasium where the staff of the diocesan offices of Campus and Young Adult Ministry and Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation kept the plates overflowing with pizza. The cohesive group visited with resounding joy as Bishop Rhoades made his way around the room meeting the families and youth of the diocese.

    The meeting officially began with a rousing rendition of an original diocesan WYD song written by Father Drew Curry, pastoral vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, and Deacon Jacob Meyer, and performed by members of the youth group there.

    Following logistic details of the trip provided by Cindy Black, director of the Office of Youth Ministry and assistant director, Megan Oberhausen, adult leaders were recognized and paired with young pilgrims who would travel together as groups. The small groups then assembled separately to get to know each other and discuss their preparation plans.

    Caitlin Worm of St. Pius X in Granger is a student at the University of Chicago. She is a 2009 convert to the Catholic faith and feels that attending World Youth day will rejuvenate her developing faith.

    “I love the universality of the Church,” she said. “It’s great to have the same Mass all over the world. There will be people there from every country. Amazing!”

    “The chance to see the Holy Father is an amazing opportunity,” Worm added. “… I want to embrace the brotherhood of all my Catholic brothers and sisters from around the world.”

    Lucy Swick of St. Mary Parish in Bristol will be a freshman at Butler University in the fall. She and her two brothers, Nathan and Brendan will be attending World Youth Day.

    Though she admits to having no expectations, Swick said, “I’ve never been out of the country. It’ll be intense to be with so many Catholics from all over who share the same beliefs.”

    Franky Navarro and brother Jesse both students at Northrop High School in Fort Wayne are on their way to Madrid with the blessing of their mother Blanca, who attended World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002.

    “It was an amazing experience that I wish everyone could have,” Blanca said of her experience. “I was blessed and I want them (her sons) to be blessed. Money was an issue at first but they worked really hard.”

    Friends, family and community members have donated to their diligent fundraising efforts of car wash and chocolate sales.

    Franky said of his vision of the trip, “It’ll be a cool experience so you can grow your faith and know your religion.”

    Brother Jesse added, “It’ll be cool to have Mass with the pope and meeting people with the same faith from all over the world.”

    The Navarros attend St. Patrick Church in Fort Wayne.

    St. Therese parishioner Katie Stein, who will attend Indiana University-Purdue University in the fall, said she’s not sure what to expect, but she “hopes to come back changed.”

    “It’s an incredible opportunity to go out of the country with a huge gathering of Catholics,” she said.

    Stein’s friend, Peter McGovern, also a student at Indiana University-Purdue University, was a toddler when his parents took him to World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. He’s excited to experience this pilgrimage as a young adult and said, “It’ll be amazing to see that faith is not just in your city … but universal … and learn from it, and see the pope.”

    McGovern, who attends St. Patrick Parish in Arcola, hopes to “grow closer in his faith and make a lifetime memory” in Madrid.

    One of the adult leaders, Patrick Glowaski, parishioner of St. John the Baptist in Fort Wayne, is a business man in the city. Like many of the pilgrims interviewed, he holds no expectation for the pilgrimage and said, “I felt like this was a good spiritual journey for me to understand faith a  little better and share it with people.”

    Best friends, Rose Becker of St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne, and Morgan Merser of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Wayne, will both be seniors at Bishop Luers High School in the fall. The friends became interested in the trip to World Youth Day when Bishop Rhoades spoke of it at their school. After some internet investigation they decided to make the pilgrimage together.

    They said, “We’re open minded about it and excited about the Lourdes visit. … We can’t grasp meeting people from all over the world!”

    Bishop Rhoades noted that there is “joy in these young people and an excitement.”

    He added, “ They’re open and excited about their faith. … I can tell it’s going to be a incredible pilgrimage.”

    Cindy Black summed it up for all when she said, “Everyone that is going has been called. … God has called them and has something in store for them.”

    Follow the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend World Youth Day travels on the official diocesan blog at www.wydfwsb.blogspot.com.

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  • Sister John Sheila Galligan, a sister of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who currently serves as professor in the department of theology at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, will be one of the speakers on the topic of forgiveness at the Arise Women’s Conference to be held Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne. Registration begins Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 16.

    Sister Sheila Galligan shares tools for forgiveness

    FORT WAYNE — Women of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the complex topic of forgiveness at the third annual Arise Women’s Conference on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum-Expo II, in Fort Wayne. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will celebrate a special Mass at 9:30 a.m. with the conference attendees.

    The conference titled “Offer Forgiveness and Receive Peace,” will springboard from last year’s theme, which focused on the dignity, strength and hope of women, says Natalie Kohrman, director of the Office of Spiritual Development and Evangelization.

    “We are building on last year’s theme by highlighting how women — made in the image and likeness of God — are called to forgive as our heavenly Father forgives,” Kohrman says.

    She is pleased with the speaker lineup and says, “Sister John Sheila Galligan teaches a university course on forgiveness. Her course title is ‘Forgiveness: the Best Revenge.’

    “The title speaks to many because we incorrectly assume that revenge will make us feel better, but it doesn’t. … It takes courage and strength to forgive, and as women — as mothers, wives, daughters, coworkers — we need to model that for the culture,” Kohrman adds.

    Immaculee Ilibagiza, survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and author of “Left to Tell,” will also speak at the conference.

    Sister Galligan is a sister of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and currently serves as  professor in the department of theology at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. Born into a Catholic military family, the sister has traveled extensively and lived in exotic countries all over the world.

    She has a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome and her passion lies in education. She has taught at the elementary, high school and college level for many years.

    This well versed, exuberant sister has a heart, not only for education, but also for the truth of the Catholic faith and life, especially of the young.

    “I love our young people,” she says. “When truth is presented with clarity and with a smile … I find a great receptivity.”

    Sister Galligan’s interest in forgiveness stems from a challenge her own students charged her with some time ago. Forgiveness became the subject of interest one class period and her students asked for an entire course on the topic.

    Sister Galligan readily accepted the challenge and designed a course that continues to transform lives at the university. The development of the class and its subsequent success led the sister to speak on forgiveness using the tools she researched for her students.

    Sister Galligan hopes to educate the women of the diocese on the distinction between secular and Christian forgiveness, offering what she has discovered in the psychological realm as well as the faith realm. Both realms converge to “move through the process” of forgiveness.

    Secular forgiveness focuses only on letting go — “It’s all ‘I’,” says the sister. The goal of Christian forgiveness, she adds, is always to be prepared to decide to offer the gift of forgiveness, with the help of grace.

    “We forgive when we are called for the good of the other. We have compassion for the other’s sin. If they don’t accept the gift of forgiveness, in the end, I am relieved of the inner toxin — I am free,” Sister Galligan says.

    Steps of the process will be defined as Sister Galligan offers the tools of Christian forgiveness to the women in attendance, including a “Blessing Prayer” used to bless the enemy, says Sister Galligan.

    “I ask God to bless my enemy. I don’t ask Him to change them,” she says.

    The women will learn the meaning of each petition within the prayer and come to know the change in their own thinking about forgiveness.

    Sister Galligan is especially excited to be juxtaposed with her friend Immaculee Ilibagiza, who she says will give a perfect witness to her own teaching on forgiveness, and is grateful for the forum in which so many women may gather.

    “There is a need to gather as community. God’s grace always is at work,” she says.

    With enthusiasm, she hopes the women in attendance will receive new insights, and inspiration so they can identify with Jesus Christ and live out the message of forgiveness.

    “I encourage people to come. We live in a world where forgiveness is needed. No matter who you are, this is a practical and applicable conference. It’s not just for you — but for those in the world,” she urges.

    Registration begins Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 16. The cost, which includes lunch, is $35 per person. The parking fee is $4. For more information contact Mary at (260) 399-1447 or visit www.diocesefwsb.org/arise. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Development and Evangelization and cosponsored by Redeemer Radio AM 1450.

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  • David Smith of St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne, collaborated with the writing of “Called to Glory,” which was selected as the anthem for the National Catholic Youth Conference to be held in Indianapolis this year Nov. 17-19. Information about the conference is available at http://ncyc.nfcym.org/. Smith is shown in his Fort Wayne recording studio where “Called to Glory” was recorded.

    Fort Wayne musician collaborates on song

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A University of Dayton campus minister hopes his original song, “Called to Glory,” will help recruit youths to follow the Gospel call of love and service at the 2011 National Catholic Youth Conference.

    The song by Nick Cardilino, who has been campus minister and director of the Ohio Catholic university’s Center for Social Concern for 20 years, will be the anthem for the Nov. 17-19 event in Indianapolis. It’s the second winning song he has penned for the national gathering. Cardilino’s song “Discover the Way” was played for the 2007 conference.

    “When I write a song, I want two things to happen,” he said. “First, to deepen people’s relationship with God, and this (new) song in particular helps people to grow to understand what God is expecting of them. The second is I hope my song encourages people to think of how they live their lives according to the Gospel call; to love and serve others.”

    This year’s anthem was written to fit the daily subthemes and Bible passages for each day of the youth conference, focusing on the call to love one another.

    “Called to Glory,” co-written with David C. Smith of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Wayne and Sean Clive, was produced and submitted in two versions — as an upbeat rock anthem and as a more reflective prayer that could be used for the Masses.

    “The students love singing, clapping, shouting and swaying their hands to an up-tempo theme song, but a more meditative approach works during prayer,” said Cardilino in a statement released by the University of Dayton shortly after the song was chosen last October.

    Originally, Smith came up with the idea for “Discover the Way,” and decided to use the strategy again this year.

    Smith, who worked with Cardilino on the winning theme song for the 2007 conference, wanted to try again for the 2011 song competition because, “it was so much fun the first time. The whole experience of a whole stadium of people singing your song!”

    Smith, who recently spoke with Today’s Catholic, wrote the music for this year’s theme and collaborated with Cardilino on the lyrics.

    The song was recorded and produced in Smith’s own recording studio, Icon Studio Productions in Fort Wayne.

    When Smith was notified that “Called to Glory” had been chosen he said, “NCYC tells us that’s the first time any songwriter(s) have won twice in the history of that competition.”

    “It feels wonderful to be able to contribute to the life of the Church through music in this way,” he added with enthusiasm.

    Cardilino gave a preview of his work with a live performance in December at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in New Orleans. He said in an interview with Catholic News Service on Feb. 3 the house bands that played the song were phenomenal and he received a great response.

    “It’s amazing that God would use someone like me to help these kids have a real spiritual experience through song,” said Cardilino.

    He plans to attend the 2011 conference but instead of performing on stage, as he did in 2007, he will be in the congregation with the youths while high school students perform his song to kick off the gathering. This year no professional bands will be playing so the focal point will remain on the students.

    When asked if he had any plans to compete for a third anthem, he replied, “We don’t have any plans, so we will see how the spirit moves us.”

    Cardilino hopes “Called to Glory” will be published and someday be included in a hymnal for church services. Smith and Cardilino’s “Discover the Way” has been published already by ‘Spirit and Song,’ the contemporary music division of OCP, a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources. He also has produced four CDs that are available for purchase at www.nickcardilino.com or through iTunes.

    The “Called to Grace” promotional DVD for the National Catholic Youth Conference is now available and can be heard in both of Cardilino’s versions at www.wix.com/koolkikiland/ncycthemesong.

    The biennial National Catholic Youth Conference is sponsored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, a nonprofit organization that describes itself as an advocate for the needs of young people and promotes the role of the Church and the Gospel in their lives.

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