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Timeline for Bishop John D'Arcy

Timeline for Bishop John D'Arcy:

May 1, 1985: The Rev. John Michael D'Arcy, auxiliary bishop of the Boston diocese, installed as bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

1985: Announces the closing of Huntington Catholic High School, where enrollment had dropped to 55 students, upsetting parents and alumni. Enrollment had dropped to 55 students.

1986: Starts weekly televised Sunday Masses.

1987: Begins Annual Bishops' Appeal to help equalize parish and program funding.

1987: Endows the beginning of Vincent House in Fort Wayne, now an ecumenical agency, to develop housing for the homeless and people with low-incomes.

1993: Vows to rebuild historic St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Wayne with a "state-of-the-art soup kitchen" to continue its ministry to the poor, after church is destroyed by fire.

1998: Enables Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne to be refurbished for $3.6 million.

2002: Writes "Some Pastoral Reflections in a Moment of Crisis," going on record about mishandling of sexual abuse by priests and others within the church.

2003: Closes St. Paul Catholic Church in downtown Fort Wayne, upsetting many Hispanic Catholics in its congregation; church is later torn down.

2004: Cited by the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People as ""a voice in the wilderness"" for his role in bringing sexual abuse to light during his tenure as auxiliary bishop in Boston.

2004: Breaks ground for Our Lady of Guadalupe church and shrine in Warsaw to continue ministry to the growing number of Spanish-speakers within the diocese.

2004: Spars with the University of Saint Francis officials about graduation speaker, Fort Wayne native Dr. Nancy Snyderman, concerning her views on abortion; she is disinvited.

2005: Presides over perhaps the diocese's largest single outpouring of donations, $1.4 million, for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast.

2005: Purchases the building that becomes the Archbishop Noll Center in Fort Wayne.

2006: Denounces production of "The Vagina Monologues" at University of Notre Dame.

2007: Participates in yearlong 150th anniversary of the diocese.

2007: Submits retirement letter to Pope Benedict XVI, mandatory when bishops reach 75.

2008: Establishes the St. Mother Guerin Latin Mass community, with Masses at one church in Fort Wayne and one in South Bend

2008: Makes national news by saying he will not attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Notre Dame when President Obama, an abortion rights supporter, is invited to speak and granted an honorary degree; eventually attends student-sponsored prayer service at the same time.

2009: Proposes mergers/realignments of several parishes.

Nov. 14, 2009: Announces appointment of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.

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