Discover the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (LatinDioecesis 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 XVIon November 14, 2009, and was installed on January 13, 2010. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend encompasses 14 Indiana counties: AdamsAllenDeKalbElkhartHuntington,KosciuskoLaGrangeMarshallNobleSteubenSt. JosephWabashWells, 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-South Bend

  1. † John Henry Luers (1857–1871)
  2. † Joseph Gregory Dwenger (1872–1893)
  3. † Joseph Rademacher (1893–1900)
  4. † Herman Joseph Alerding (1900–1925)
  5. † John F. Noll (1925–1956) – Died July 31, 1956.
  6. † Leo Aloysius Pursley (1956–1976) – Retired August 24, 1976; died November 15, 1998.
  7. † William Edward McManus (1976–1985)
  8. † John Michael D'Arcy (1985–2009) – Retired 2009; died February 3, 2013 (on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest).
  9. Kevin Carl Rhoades (2009–present)

† = deceased

Auxiliary bishops

† = deceased

Colleges & Universities

Note: Colleges and universities within the diocese are not affiliated with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

High Schools

Grade Schools

Catholic radio within the diocese


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