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.)

Recent News

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

Call to Teach Changed Career Plans for St. Pius X Principal
Chris Milliron left his undergraduate time at the University of Notre Dame bound for a Ph.D. program at the University of California San Diego. He quickly learned research work wasn’t for him, but his involvement as a teaching assistant was fulfilling and impactful. After discernment revealed God’s calling for him to become a teacher, he… Read More
Holy Cross Art Exhibition Honors National Eucharistic Revival
The Eucharist is a moment of thanksgiving to God, making the sacrifice of Christ the Savior present at Mass. Sacred art depicting Christ in the Eucharist – whether hung inside or outside of a church – allows viewers the opportunity to reflect on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In participation with… Read More
Most Precious Blood Principal Embracing New Community
RACHEL OTTENWELLER A love for education, a deep devotion to the Catholic faith, and an altruistic spirit brought Rachel Ottenweller to Most Precious Blood School in Fort Wayne this academic year as the school’s new principal. “I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in third grade,” Ottenweller said. “I was blessed with… Read More
125 Years of Faith and Community: Most Precious Blood Celebrates Storied Legacy
Amid the joyous celebration of its 125th anniversary, Most Precious Blood Parish and School in Fort Wayne took a nostalgic journey through its rich history on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, reflecting on its origins and the tireless efforts of its founders. The occasion was marked by games of pickleball, an open house,… Read More
Catholic School Mission Days Focus on Eucharist, Education
Throughout the span of two days – Thursday, September 7, in Fort Wayne, and Friday, September 8, in Mishawaka – more than 1,000 teachers, faculty and staff of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend were inspired to remain firm in the Church’s mission to educate their students’ minds and nurture their… Read More
Around the Diocese: September 10, 2023
Diocesan Museum Set for ‘Be a Tourist’ Event FORT WAYNE – On Sunday, September 10, the Diocesan Museum adjacent to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Fort Wayne will participate in the city’s 24th annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, where visitors who pick up a free “passport” can tour 21… Read More
WYD Pilgrims Recall Highlights of Their Epic Journey
More than a month after their journey to Portugal, pilgrims to World Youth Day continue to reap the fruits of their journey. Reflecting on their time in Europe, several pilgrims cite renewed perspective about the Church and a strengthened faith life as some of the numerous impacts of the trek. Melissa Vazquez said one of… Read More
USF Opens Academic Year with Mass of the Holy Spirit
Behind the encouragement of Bishop Rhoades and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, nearly 2,000 students have embarked on a new academic year at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. Bishop Rhoades helped the university kick off its 2023-24 school year by celebrating a Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Saint Francis… Read More

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