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. (We’re working to get the pictures to show – ignore for now.)

Seminarian Soccer Team Takes Cup at Annual Tournament
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary won the championship game 4 to 2 in the annual Vianney Cup Soccer Tournament hosted this year on Sept. 24 by Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Photos provided by Tina SchneiderThe Mount St. Mary’s Soccer Team, including young men from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, hold the championship trophy… Read More
Notre Dame Campus Goes Cashless
If you have plans to visit Notre Dame Campus, you can leave your cash at home as the campus transitioned to a “cashless retail environment” as of Aug. 1.  According to a news release, they made the change “in an effort to maintain a healthy and more efficient campus.” Though it is not 100 percent… Read More
Around the Diocese: September 18, 2022
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Understanding God’s Plan for Human Sexuality When Your Child Has Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities ONLINE — A virtual presentation will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, via zoom, for those parenting a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Issues related to sexuality can raise important questions. Some include: How to handle… Read More
Transforming Lives, Transforming the Campus at Saint Francis’ Opening Mass
A new school year provides a new opportunity to expand one’s horizons intellectually, physically, and spiritually. At the Founder’s Day Mass at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne on Aug. 31, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades focused on this idea of spiritual growth. Concelebrating Mass were University of Saint Francis President Father Eric Zimmer… Read More
Bishop Rhoades Begins Pastoral Visits at St. Charles Borromeo
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades fielded a number of questions from students and taught a few Spanish lessons to young students when he made his first pastoral visit of the 2022-23 school year to St. Charles Borromeo School in Fort Wayne on Friday, Aug. 26.  In the morning, Bishop Rhoades celebrated Mass for the entire student… Read More
Thousands of Students Educated in 100 Years in Wabash
On the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and coinciding with the beginning of the school year, it was fitting that St. Bernard Parish in Wabash celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of its school. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated Mass with the people of the parish, with Father Jay Horning installed as… Read More
Duo from Marian High School Finds Success in Music
Musical duo The Bergamot, composed of husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece, took root at Marian High School in the early 2000s. The two met at the Mishawaka high school when Speece was 15 and Hoff was 17. Their art teacher had encouraged them to write a song that represented Marian as part… Read More
Catholic High Schools Gear up for Football Season
The days are getting shorter, the weather is turning crisper, and school is back in session. For area sports fans, that means another season of high school football has arrived. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is blessed to have a quartet of parochial prep pigskin programs: Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Marian, and St. Joseph.… Read More

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Catholic Schools Office

To contact us, call 260-422-4611

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