Discover a Catholic Education in Northeast Indiana

There is a place for you in a Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic School.

Why Choose a Catholic Education?

Each student has a unique potential given to them by God, and we believe that your child has the ability to transform the world. Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic schools open hearts and minds through an academically excellent environment that forms disciples of Jesus Christ.

Affording a Catholic Education

We recognize that affording the best education for your child’s unique needs is not always easy, but with Indiana Choice legislation, affording a Catholic education may be easier than you think. Opportunities for tuition assistance include the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program, Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) scholarships, and school-specific tuition assistance.

Introducing a Strategic Vision for our Catholic Schools

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is excited to share this new strategic vision for the schools in our diocese.

As we implement these strategic plan initiatives throughout 2022-2027, we remain focused on helping our students to excel spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Everything we do is for the greater glory of God.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is to evangelize and form disciples of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church through the ministry of education.

Our Vision

Our Beliefs

Our Philosophy


As Catholic educators, we participate in the evangelizing and redemptive mission of the Catholic Church. 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 strive to integrate the student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, moral, and social lives. Through the sacramental life and the liturgical year, love of God and neighbor transform attitudes, actions, and relationships. Our schools are communities of faith centered on the Eucharist. We continually challenge our students and one another to participate in Christ’s victory over sin with lives of love, compassion, and observance of the law of God and our Church. Through witnessing our faith, we call our students to recognize the love of God in their midst and to contribute their talents in service to others, calling all to be saints and to live in communion with God in heaven.


Catholic schools are an expression of the Catholic Church’s teachings based on scripture, traditions, and sacramental life.

Catholic schools call each member of the school community to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ so that all might grow in holiness, discern their vocation, and be prepared for their eternal destiny in Heaven.

Catholic schools provide 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.

Catholic schools provide Christ-like role models who witness the teachings of Christ and the Catholic faith.

Catholic schools are committed to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development and the moral and spiritual formation of all faculty, staff, and students.

Catholic schools believe that each child is uniquely created in God’s image, and that all children can learn.


Our Catholic schools will provide a Christ-centered environment in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service of others is practiced, and thanksgiving and worship of God is cultivated.

Our Catholic identity will be seen through our integration of faith and life, reverence for truth, growth in virtue, formation in Christian discipleship, and commitment to prayer.

Our students will experience, from the first moment that they set foot in our Catholic schools, a community illumined by the light of faith and enlivened by the presence of Jesus the master teacher.

Our Catholic educators, in answering their call to Catholic education, will serve as witnesses to the truth, beauty, and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our parents are the primary educators. The schools, working in collaboration with the parents, will help educate and form their children.

Special Education in our Catholic Schools

82% of our Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Schools offer some form of special education support, collaborating with each other and with parents to identify the best community for your child to thrive. To start a unique education journey for your child, contact a Catholic school near you. (Programs and services vary based on the physical building structure, enrollment, and teacher availability.)

“Each person is created in God’s image, yet there are variations in individual abilities. Positive recognition of these differences discourages discrimination and enhances the unity of the Body of Christ.” 

-Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities, USCCB

Recent News

The latest happenings in our schools, brought to you by Today’s Catholic.

Fond Memories Still Linger 50 Years After Closing of Fort Wayne’s Central Catholic High School
When people speak fondly about the former Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, they often talk about the camaraderie. Catholic teens from around the city and outlying area came together in one place to grow in faith and life, and to cheer on their Fighting Irish athletic teams. Many students followed parents, grandparents, and… Read More
Around the Diocese: November 13, 2022
Knights Celebrate Founders Day Former and current Grand Knights: Dr. Tom Ryan (2019 – 2021), Dennis Redding (current), Greg Sult (2017 – 2019), Steve Lutz (2015 – 2017). Gathered around Council 451 charter are: Front row – Greg Sult, Tom Richter, Steve Lutz, John Prascsak, Tom Ryan, Dennis Redding, Joe Mikolay, and Doug Baisinger.  Back… Read More
OSV Scholars Program Provides a Way to Earn a Master’s Degree
“There hasn’t been a single course I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed,” says Julie Schleitwiler, Director of Religious Education at St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, who is in her final semester of classwork for a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, funded by the OSV Institute’s OSV Scholars program. “And I have… Read More
State Runner-Up Finish Caps Stellar Season for Marian Boys Soccer
It was a storybook season that had it all – a slew of close games, a classic battle against rivals, a high-scoring star player, and an improbable postseason run. Even though it lacked the fairy-tale finish, this Marian High School boys soccer season is one that senior forward Jaxson Hundt and his teammates won’t soon… Read More
Saints and Scholars Welcome Bishop Rhoades for Pastoral Visit
On the Solemnity of All Saints, some holy men and women came out to greet Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in the form of fourth-grade students at his pastoral visit to St. John the Baptist School in South Bend. Teachers and staff at the school spotlighted the communion of saints in the weeks prior to the… Read More
Saints on Parade at South Bend Grade School
St. Joseph Parish, South Bend, worked hard to make the Solemnity of All Saints into a holiday the whole parish could celebrate together, with plenty of learning, praying, and singing sprinkled in. After the vigil Mass and the usual 7 a.m. Mass, the school Mass at 8:15 a.m. featured fourth graders dressed as saints processing… Read More
‘Spirit in the Schools’ Podcast a Teaching Tool for Schools, Families
Every parent desires their children to be filled with authentic peace and joy, but achieving this can be an incredibly difficult endeavor. To help with this task, Zachary Coyle, Principal of St. Vincent de Paul School, Fort Wayne, has recently undertaken an initiative to equip families with strategies for finding deeper unity and purpose. The… Read More
Unique Prizes for Raising Money at Most Precious Blood School
Students at Most Precious Blood School in Fort Wayne were challenged to a “Money War” in October to raise funds for needed school resources. The goal was to raise $3,000, with prizes going to the top three classes. However, the students far exceeded all expectations, collecting more than double the amount expected.  The grand prize… Read More

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