Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend

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Fort Wayne–South Bend
Dioecesis Wayne Castrensis–South Bendensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.svg
Country United States
TerritoryNortheastern Indiana, Michiana
Ecclesiastical provinceIndianapolis
Area5,792 km2 (2,236 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
159,888 (12.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJanuary 8, 1857 (161 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Fort Wayne)
Co-cathedralSaint Matthew Cathedral (South Bend)
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
Current leadership
BishopKevin C. Rhoades
Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend map 1.png
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne
St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend

The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend (Latin: Dioecesis Wayne Castrensis–South Bendensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in north-central and northeastern Indiana. The Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades was appointed diocesan bishop by Pope Benedict XVI on November 14, 2009, and was installed on January 13, 2010. The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend encompasses 14 Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. The diocese has a co-cathedral setup with the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne as the primary cathedral and Saint Matthew's Cathedral in South Bend as the associate cathedral.


The diocese was erected as the Diocese of Fort Wayne (Dioecesis Wayne Castrensis) suffragan to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati on January 8, 1857, from territory earlier belonging to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vincennes. In 1944 it became suffragan to the newly elevated Archdiocese of Indianapolis. In 1944 and 1956 it lost territory to the newly formed dioceses of Lafayette and Gary, respectively. In 1960 its name was changed to the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend.


Bishops of Fort Wayne[edit]

  1. John Henry Luers (1857–1871)
  2. Joseph Gregory Dwenger (1872–1893)
  3. Joseph Rademacher (1893–1900)
  4. Herman Joseph Alerding (1900–1924)
  5. John F. Noll (1925–1956) – elevated to Archbishop (ad personam) in 1953

Bishops of Fort Wayne-South Bend[edit]

  1. Leo Aloysius Pursley (1956–1976)
  2. William Edward McManus (1976–1985)
  3. John Michael D'Arcy (1985–2009)
  4. Kevin Carl Rhoades (2009–present)

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops[edit]


Colleges and universities[edit]

High schools[edit]

Grade schools[edit]

  • Christ the King, South Bend
  • Corpus Christi, South Bend
  • Holy Cross, South Bend
  • Holy Family, South Bend
  • Huntington Catholic, Huntington
  • Most Precious Blood, Fort Wayne
  • Our Lady School, Fort Wayne
  • Our Lady of Hungary, South Bend
  • Queen of Angels, Fort Wayne
  • Queen of Peace, Mishawaka
  • Sacred Heart, Warsaw
  • Saint Adalbert, South Bend
  • Saint Aloysius, Yoder
  • Saint Anthony de Padua, South Bend
  • Saint Bavo, Mishawaka
  • Saint Bernard, Wabash
  • Saint Charles Borromeo, Fort Wayne
  • Saint John the Baptist, Fort Wayne
  • Saint John the Baptist, New Haven
  • Saint John the Baptist, South Bend
  • Saint John the Evangelist, Goshen
  • Saint Joseph, Garrett
  • Saint Joseph, Mishawaka
  • Saint Joseph, South Bend
  • Saint Joseph (St. Mary of the Assumption), Decatur
  • Saint Joseph (St. Rose of Lima), Monroeville
  • Saint Joseph (Hessen Cassel), Fort Wayne
  • Saint Joseph-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (St. Joseph, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton), Fort Wayne
  • Saint Jude, Fort Wayne
  • Saint Jude, South Bend
  • Saint Louis (Besançon), New Haven
  • Saint Mary of the Assumption, Avilla
  • Saint Mary of the Assumption, South Bend
  • Saint Matthew Cathedral School, South Bend
  • Saint Michael, Plymouth
  • Saint Monica, Mishawaka
  • Saint Pius X, Granger
  • Saint Therese, Fort Wayne
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle, Elkhart
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, Elkhart
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, Fort Wayne


Catholic radio within the diocese[edit]

  • WRDF "Redeemer Radio" 106.3 FM in Fort Wayne
  • WRDI "Redeemer Radio" 95.7 FM in South Bend

Reports of Sex Abuse[edit]

In 2003, a partial list which had been released under Bishop John D’Arcy included the names of 16 priests who were credibly accused of sexually abusing 33 children.[1] However, the list did not contain all of their names.[1] On August 17, 2018, Bishop Rhoades announced that he would release the full list of clergy in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who were credibly accused of sexual abuse "in a matter of weeks."[1] Rhoades noted that he previously listed the names of three priests who he removed from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend during his tenure as Bishop due to allegations of sex abuse.[2][3] On September 18, 2018, Rhoades fulfilled this promise and released the list which revealed the names of 18 priests and deacons who previously served the Diocese and were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.[4][5][6]

Ecclesiastical Province of Indianapolis[edit]

See: List of the Catholic bishops of the United States#Province of Indianapolis


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°04′50″N 85°08′21″W / 41.08056°N 85.13917°W / 41.08056; -85.13917