Statement issued Monday:
At its inaugural Good Shepherd Dinner on Tuesday, October 26, the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, will present Bishop John M. D’Arcy, bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, with the Good Shepherd: Defending the Truth Award.
Local couples and long-time seminary supporters Sarah and Roger Baughman and Marilyn and Francis Dono will receive the Pope Leo XIII Award.
“We are honored to present these individuals with these awards,” said Father James Wehner, rector. “Bishop D’Arcy has exemplified the virtues of a Good Shepherd through his leadership of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and through his unwavering support of the Josephinum.”
The Good Shepherd: Defending the Truth Award considers how Jesus Christ, as the Good Shepherd, exhorted the Apostles to lay down their lives for the sake of love. – cf. Jn 15:12f. “The bishops of the Church exercise apostolic ministry for the sake of love, for the good of the Church,” noted Father Wehner. “The Josephinum strives to form priests who are spiritual fathers of the flock, who shepherd God’s people with a commitment to the Truth and fidelity to the Gospel.”
The Pontifical College Josephinum invites anyone interested to join in honoring Bishop D’Arcy at the Good Shepherd Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are $125 per person or $875 for a table of eight people. For more information about the event or to make a reservation, please call Wendy Herrel at (614) 985-2321.