Catholic Schools Office

Our strong Catholic tradition continues; we welcome you to share and join our Catholic school communities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. 

Affording a Catholic Education

Starting with the 2021-22 school year, students of Hoosier families whose household income is within 300% of Federal Free or Reduced-Price Meals guidelines and meet eligibility criteria may now qualify to receive an Indiana School Choice and/or SGO scholarship to help cover the cost of private school tuition.

Our Schools

History records that in August of 1846, our diocesan schools were opened with an endowment of $4600. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and Sisters Mary Magdalen, Catherine, and Caroline of the Sisters of Providence enrolled sixty girls in the new St. Augustine Academy. After a request by Mother Guerin, the bishop acquired the assistance of the Brothers of the Holy Cross to instruct the boys.  With a “cow and a calf grazing “on the school property, the new St. Augustine Academy enrolled South German Catholics, American Protestants, Canadian French children, and Miami Native American girls. Over one hundred sixty-five years have passed since Mother Guerin, one of eight American saints, labored, taught, and prayed for children, families and Catholics residing within our diocesan boundaries.  

Our principals, teachers, and staff are just as committed to teaching the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith as the founding Sisters of Providence; our schools remain strong, and student populations are no less diverse over a century and a half later. Recent historic legislation has allowed parents to choose Catholic schools as an option for educating children. Children enrolled in our Catholic schools form their faith, share the faith, and grow in their faith daily; parents participate in a variety of ways to support each school community.  

Our Mission and Beliefs

That each Catholic School will provide sound religious instruction based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and ensure academic success for all students. We believe that:

The Catholic school is an evangelizing, educational community, therefore we proclaim the Gospel message, build faith communities, celebrate through prayer and worship, and serve others, especially those in need;

The Catholic school is an expression of the Catholic Church’s teachings based on Scripture, traditions, and sacramental life;

The Catholic school calls each member of the school community to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ;

The Catholic school assists parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in meeting their responsibility of educating their children in the teachings of the Catholic Church and of living a Catholic way of life;

The Catholic school provides an atmosphere that is permeated by the Gospel spirit of love which recognizes self-discipline and personal responsibility and affirms the dignity of all persons;

The Catholic school provides Christ-like role models who reinforce the teachings of Christ and the Catholic faith;

The Catholic school is committed to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development of faculty and students;

The Catholic school is committed to the premise that all children can learn because we believe that each child is uniquely created in God’s image.

Our Philosophy

I have come that you may have life – a life in all its fullness. John 10:10 

We, as Catholic educators, participate in the redemptive mission of the Catholic Church by providing faith formation for our students and by assisting them to integrate faith and VALUES into their contemporary life experiences. We recognize that each of us is created in God’s image as a unique mosaic of talent and potential. Called through Baptism and incorporated into Christ’s life, we embark on a journey of bringing God’s love to the world. Through the ministry of education, with the help of God’s grace, we seek to accept the call of Christ to love and serve God and one another. We, as Catholic educators, embrace all that is good, true, and beautiful in human culture. We nurture faith, that opening of the heart and mind to God’s word, and elicit each student’s response to Christ by providing opportunities for total formation. We strive to integrate our student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, moral and social lives. Our schools are communities of faith with the Eucharist as their life-giving center. Through the sacramental life and liturgical year, love of God and neighbor becomes a focal reality, transforming attitudes, actions and relationships. We continually challenge our students and one another to participate in Christ’s victory over sin and evil with lives of love, compassion, and observance of the law of God and our church. Through witnessing our faith and working together, we call our students to recognize the love of God in their midst and to contribute their talents in service to others, especially those in need.

Scholarships

School Choice Scholarship

The School Choice Scholarship is commonly referred to as the “School Voucher Program”. For more information on the program, contact the Catholic Schools Office at 260-422-4611.

Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana

View their website for information about the SGO awards.

School Choice Myth Buster

Read about the myths and facts of school choice.

Indiana Choice Scholarship Program

Not sure if you qualify? See some income examples.

Certifications and Resources

Daily Bulletin for schools, Substitute Teacher Information, Certifications, and more.

Aspiring Catholic Leaders

The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend has partnered with the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Regional Principal Institute to provide professional development in Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality in addition to the Diocesan training.

Start A Career

The Catholic schools in the diocese trace their roots in two remarkable people who were devoted to education and their Catholic faith.

Diocesan Teacher Recruitment Fair

Interested in interviewing with our schools? See below for more information.

Contact Us

915 South Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 422-4611
Fax: (260) 426-3077

Clara Kramer
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Catholic Schools Office

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