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Diocesan Schools Are Grateful for the Black and Indian Mission Grant!

December 02, 2020

Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend

The Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend continues to joyfully serve the students at our schools as the pandemic continues. Here are some highlights from a few of our schools:

In preparation for All Saints Day, fourth graders at St. Anthony worked on a Saint research project. Each student picked a Saint that they admire to research. After their research, they submitted a written report. In lieu of presenting their Saint to parishioners after the All Saints Day Mass as in previous years, they recorded a video presentation dressed as their Saint that was shared with the community. One of our African American students chose Josephine Bakhita who was a Sudanese-Italian Canossian religious sister who lived in Italy for 45 years, after having been a slave in Sudan. She was beatified on May 17, 1992 and was declared a saint On October 1, 2000 by Pope John Paul II. She is known as the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Bishop Luers High School began the Fall semester in early August with 478 students offering both the traditional classroom and virtual classroom settings. During this Covid-19 pandemic, Bishop Luers has provided the best opportunity for its students to succeed in their studies and participate in athletics within the guidelines of the IHSAA. Bishop Luers football team made it to semi-state on 11/20/20 anticipating the opportunity to become State Champs.

Marian High School was blessed to be able to offer scholarships to several African American students and their families as a result of the generosity of the Black and Indian Mission Grant. Four members of the class of 2020 were recipients of the grants from the Black and Indian Mission. All four recipients not only graduated on time with their classmates, but also went on to attend four-year colleges. Two of these students were the first in their families to attend college! On behalf of all Marian students who benefit from this continued generosity, thank you!