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2013 Fall Issue

A Publication for the Alumni and Friends of Bishop Dwenger and Central Catholic High Schools

F r o m T h e P r i n c i pa l A Commitment Worth Taking

OUR Mission Statement Bishop Dwenger High School, a diocesan Catholic school founded in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, provides a faithcentered community dedicated to academic excellence, growth in the spiritual life, a Christ-centered active life outside of class, and a Christian life of service to the community. Administration

Jason Schiffli Principal Chris Svarczkopf Assistant Principal - Dean of Students Amy Johns ‘95 Assistant Principal - Curriculum John Bennett ‘77 Athletic Director Katie Burns Director of Development and Alumni Relations Danielle Collins Communications Coordinator Jason Garrett ‘88 Campus Minister Lora McGuire Guidance Director Lisa Polhamus Student Activities Coordinator Juanita Nix ‘06 Special Education Coordinator Mary Sturm Technology Director Tom Tidwell Business Manager Nancy Yorke Service Coordinator Bishop Dwenger High School 1300 East Washington Center Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825 (260) 496-4700 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Dwenger is blessed to have a world-class faculty, devoted to teaching and connecting with students well beyond the classroom walls as they serve as coaches, advisors, and moderators. Over half of our faculty are Bishop Dwenger alumni, which creates a unique, warm and supportive community. The faculty is composed of great teachers, but also of musicians, poets, economists and environmentalists, mathematicians and marathon runners. Our students benefit from a group of well-versed, well-rounded Dwenger teachers and staff. Their experiences enrich the lives of the students by giving testimony to creative and better ways to bring together their academic and spiritual formation. Consistent exposure to contemporary global issues leads to discussions and new ideas on how we can bring to life what we learn in order to help others. Starting this past year, Bishop Dwenger High School has made a 3-year commitment to serve Catholic Relief Services in improving the lives of children around the world. This commitment comes with an all-important theme that is broad, but critical, to the education of a well-rounded young person and even, some might claim, to a more peaceful global future: Empathy. We hear these words all the time—global citizens, global perspectives, global understanding. So in addition to our students’ grasp of local needs, they are also developing an appreciation of the importance of community service taking place globally. Some may have even seen these problems first hand and are eager to share with their classmates and teachers what they’ve witnessed. Our community often hears about orphans in Brazil, children without schools in Africa, people suffering because of earthquakes and hurricanes, struggling with illnesses like AIDS, or the lack of clean drinking water—people are in need all over the world. Our students are gaining an awareness of humanitarian issues and problems around the world, and are developing the passion to help solve them. Regardless of where their passion originates, we help students channel their generous energy into clubs, fundraising events, and school-sponsored trips. While discouraging at times, the situation is anything but bleak: we are making great progress facing, adapting to, and even creating change and the trajectory is good. Bishop Dwenger High School has come far in the past 50 years, and our current student body better reflects the makeup of the country and the world. This demographic broadening has gradually, but unmistakably, been followed by an acceptance of difference greater than in the previous generations. This change has been encouraging to witness, yet we remain a work in progress. Although stepping in the right direction, we need to move beyond diversity “not being a problem.” This is a higher order skill, as it requires stepping outside oneself to understand how others think and feel especially when that differs from one’s own experience. Familiarity and comfort are rarely the best conditions for growth; rather, it is the outreach and even the occasional friction that enriches our understanding of others. In this issue of the Dwenger Times, you will be inspired by our own Saints who have stepped outside of their comfort zone, and eventually come to understand those who come from much different backgrounds in order to help improve their lives. Mr. Jason Schiffli

On the Cover...

Angela Flood ‘85 pictured with Cardinal Donald Wuerl on a rooftop overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, where she witnessed the events surrounding the election of Pope Francis. (See page 6 for story)

office of development & Alumni relations “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope”

Have you ever heard or seen something so wonderful that you had to share it with others? This is a perfect example! A father of a recent graduate shared some beautiful comments about the Dwenger experience with our administration. His words touched the hearts of so many of us that we asked him if we could share them with you. These amazing people, who have sacrificed much to provide a Catholic education for their children, were happy to share the message, but too humble to share their name. “Words simply cannot express our journey through the halls of Bishop Dwenger. In fact it began years earlier when Central Catholic closed and I transferred to Dwenger and met my wife in those halls. That was back in the 70’s. Forty years later, six of our children have graduated, left the nest and are creating their own paths to heaven. Our youngest is attending Holy Cross College at Notre Dame. The school’s motto is “AVE CRUX SPES UNICA” which means “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope”. This is a beautiful reminder of what the Bishop Dwenger pillars are and how we have shared them with the Dwenger family community. More importantly is how we need to live with the cross daily. We simply need to remember we are not on our own and the cross helps us do just that. God Bless!” In this time, when our Faith and our principles are continually being challenged in the Katie Burns and Jason Schiffli stop for a picture as they visit with guests at the Saints Alive! Dinner and Auction. secular world, what a beautiful message this is to share; we are not alone, “If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31). This is one of the many reasons the Dwenger experience is so important for the youth of today. Our students surrounded by the cross, in the Chapel and classroom, are truly becoming Citizens of Two Worlds. In this issue, you will read about the accomplishments of our students and alumni and we hope that you realize what an invaluable investment you make when you support Bishop Dwenger High School. May God bless and keep you! Thank you for your commitment to the Dwenger Family!

Mrs. Katie Burns Director of Development and Alumni Relations


Another glorious day on the links! Thanks to everyone who supported and joined us for the 18th Annual Saints Open Golf Outing, hosted at Coyote Creek Golf Course on June 13, 2013. Proceeds from this event benefit our Endowed Scholarship Funds. Save the date: Please join us next year when we host the 19th Annual Saints Open at Cherry Hill on Friday, June 13, 2014.


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f r o m t h e Sa i n t s a l i v e ! o f f i c e S A VE THE D A TE 2013-14 Saints Alive! Calendar of events: Diamond Dinner Philmore on Broadway October 17, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m. Dumas Holiday Tables Luncheon December 4, 2013 @ 11:30 a.m. Preview Night Bishop Dwenger Gym March 6, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. “Dancing Through the Decades” Dinner & Auction Bishop Dwenger Gym March 8, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.

For further information, contact the Saints Alive! Office: Kris (Merz) Markham ‘77 Special Events Coordinator (260) 496-4804 Judi Ueber Special Events Assistant (260) 496-4801 Chairs 2013-2014 Cathy and Ed Gillig ‘79

Our motto for N’awlins Saints- in the French Quarter was “laissez le bon temps rouler” and that’s exactly what happened; we let the good times roll! Our chairs, Julianne and Buck Toenges, presented principal, Jason Schiffli with a check at our May Crowning in the amount of $525,775- wow! It was a record year and we continue to be blessed by the commitment of our Dwenger Family to this special event. From the thousands of hours of work from our countless volunteers, to the thousands of dollars from our generous donors, Saints Alive! is an amazing experience that benefits each and every student and family at Bishop Dwenger High School! We extend our deepest gratitude to all of you who make Saints Alive! so very successful; our volunteers, committee chairs, parents, students, vendors, faculty, and staff, all of you who so selflessly share your time, talent and treasure with us! It is the awesome combination of your enthusiasm, passion and commitment that generates this impressive revenue for our school. Let us share with you a little of the excitement: Jim Casaburo and Casa Restaurants impressed the crowd of 500 guests with a delicious array of all the amazing tastes of New Orleans at our Preview Night! Thanks for a spectacular evening; we are so appreciative of your most generous donation of food and wine for the night! The winner of the $1,500 prize package for the Preview Night Treasure Chest was Shari Casaburo – another perfect example of “in giving you receive!” At our Gala Dinner and Auction, a total of 560 guests joined us for a lovely dinner catered by Catablu – thank you to Maureen and Mike Catalogna and their staff. Special thanks to Andy Lebamoff of Cap n’ Cork for providing the cocktails for the evening! We appreciate Charleston Auctioneers for their services! Bishop Kevin Rhoades got the paddles going and raised $249,000 for the Tuition Assistance Fund! Our Blue and Gold Raffle Ticket Winners were: $10,000 Mary Boussum $ 5,000 David Powley $ 5,000 Dee Sipe $ 2,500 Michael Petek $ 1,000 Mike Ray Our student valet parkers earned $937 in tips, and our student coat check volunteers earned $425. The valet parkers are having pictures of Pope Francis and Bishop Rhoades placed in each classroom. Our coat check volunteers donated their money to the Women’s Care Center. If you have not already done so, please ‘like us’ on Facebook to see some amazing photos of the event, thanks to Bentz Photography. There are many opportunities to get involved and be a special part of this great event! We hope that you will consider joining us by volunteering on a committee, donating an auction item, or provid underwriting support. Our volunteer booklet is available on the Saints Alive! tab of the school’s website; check it out!

Thank you all!

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Celebrating 50 Years! Please join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of providing students with an outstanding education grounded in the Catholic Faith!

Homecoming Weekend

Friday, October 4 • 5:30 pm: Pre-Game Homecoming Tailgate Picnic & Fun (Zollner Stadium) * Cost is $5 per person – tickets available in advance at BDHS front office * Bring a blanket • 7:00 pm: Homecoming Varsity Football vs. Indianapolis Cathedral (Zollner Stadium) • Fireworks- stay in the stadium after the game for a 50th Year Fireworks Display • Post-Game Gathering at Casa’s on Parnell * Join friends, current & past parents, and alumni for some post-game fun Saturday, October 5 • 50th Anniversary All-Alumni Band Concert • Noon – 3:00 pm: Tuffy’s Birthday Carnival (BDHS Front Yard) * Bring the kids for an afternoon of fun! * Concessions available for purchase * School will be open for tours Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremony: Saturday, October 5; 6:00 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Dinner Bishop Dwenger Gymnasium Inductees: Alumna of the Year: Diane (Lynch) Hopen ‘70 Athletics: 1983 State Championship Football Team Lauren Gant ‘01 Visual & Performing Arts: Mitchell McKinney ‘85 Citizens of Two Worlds: Gene Andert For reservations, please contact Molly (Flood) Schreck ‘91 at or 260-496-4775. Ticket cost is $30 per person.

Upcoming Events

Grandparents Day: Wednesday, November 27, Bishop Dwenger Gymnasium “This Is Holy Ground” Prayer Service: Launch of our Golden Traditions Capital Campaign Thursday, December 5 at 10:00 am Bishop Dwenger Gymnasium Trivia Night: Saturday, January 18 at 7:00 pm Bishop Dwenger SAC Please RSVP your team of 10 to Golden Jubilee Mass & Reception: Sunday, January 26 at 10:00 am Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, presiding Reception to follow Please RSVP to Bishop Dwenger Day: Monday, April 14 at 10:00 am Bishop Dwenger Field Prayer Service and Mayoral Proclamation May Crowning: Friday, May 2 at 10:00 am

Once a Saint, Always a Saint! E=mc2 - Physics introduced them to each other, Saints Alive! reunited them, chemistry keeps them together! In the fall of 1987 Nick Schenkel and Susan Scheyer were paired up as lab partners in Honors Physics, solely based on an alphabetic seating chart. The two became friends and would help each other with physics and the other classes they had in common during their senior year. Upon graduation, Nick attended Notre Dame and Susan attended Indiana University in Fort Wayne and their paths did not cross again. That is, until 1994, when they had a brief exchange at Mass one Sunday. But in 1995, at the Saints Alive! preview party, the two of them re-connected. They began dating that spring and were married in February of 1998. This fall Nick and Susan will join their classmates from the class of 1988 at their 25th class reunion at Pine Valley Country Club. The couple have three children – Savannah, Morgan and Joseph who attend St. Jude Catholic School. Nick is employed at Superior Auto and manages the company’s real estate. Susan returned to Bishop Dwenger in July of 2012, working in the Business Office and also handles the logistics for Saints Alive! Their oldest daughter, Savannah, will join Susan at Dwenger in the fall of 2014 and graduate in 2018 just 30 years after her parents graduated. As we celebrate the 50th year of Bishop Dwenger High School, we would love to hear from you. Please take the time to share your special story with us by letter, phone (260-496-4706) or email, Thank you.

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A Journey of Faith Bishop Dwenger’s motto – “Citizens of Two Worlds” – has always seemed to me to be the perfect summation of the goal of the Christian life, a state of being we are to strive constantly to attain. This thought struck me in a particular way this spring when my job took me to Rome for three weeks to coordinate media for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, one of the participants in the Conclave that would elect the new pope. The Eternal City is one of the few places in the world where heaven and earth, the spiritual and the secular, come face to face. I had been to this world capital before as a teenager – in fact, as part of a school-sponsored trip in the summer before my junior year at Bishop Dwenger – but I was there as a tourist then. This more recent trip, while technically for work, felt more like a pilgrimage, one that culminated in my standing in Saint Peter’s Square when the white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and the Cardinal Deacon announced, “Habemus Papam!” (“We have a pope!”)

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The weeks leading up to that event provided occasional opportunities to see the sights in this city which had played such a central role in the history of humanity and especially Christianity. Although the popular tourist attractions – Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, etc. – were interesting, it was the religious sites that reinforced the purpose of my visit and made the papal election night all the more meaningful. On my first evening in Rome, I attended Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica, the greatest church in all of Christendom, which is built over the grave of our first pope. I also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation from an English-speaking priest who was on hand to hear confessions. Once he had administered absolution, he reached around the wooden partition of the confessional which stood in a side aisle of the basilica and handed me a prayer card. On the back of the card was the Prayer of Saint Francis. This took place three weeks

Top: Angela pictured on a rooftop overlooking the Vatican. Right: The American Cardinals gather before entering the Conclave to prayerfully discern the election of the future Pope. Photos provided by Angela Flood.

before the election of Pope Francis and would later serve as a reminder of God’s presence on this journey of faith. Rome is home to the remains of numerous saints, but Saint Catherine of Siena, whose name I took as my Confirmation name, has had particular meaning for me since I was young. Saint Catherine’s body is buried under the altar in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva on a little piazza behind the Pantheon. As I knelt before the tomb of this Doctor of the Church who had played such a pivotal role in the history of Catholicism, I found myself talking to her like a fellow traveler, praying for her guidance in my work and her intercession in the health matter of a loved one. Before I left Rome, I learned that request had been answered – my family member had been cured in a miraculous way. Was Saint Catherine behind this inexplicable healing? The answer to that question depends on whether one views it through the eyes of this world, or the eyes of faith. A special characteristic of pilgrimages, whether they involve foreign travel or simply an interior journey, is a focus on spiritual reflection. While sitting in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the oldest Christian church in Rome, I thought about the unlikely road that had brought me to this city at such a historic time. Despite being a “cradle Catholic” and

a graduate of Catholic schools, I never imagined my career path would lead me to work for the Church. After graduating from college, I went to work in Washington, D.C., for what I expected to be one year. As the old adage goes, though, “Man plans, God laughs.” More than 20 years later, after serving in senior positions in the United States Congress, the White House and the private sector – seemingly the pinnacle of any career – an opportunity to help spread the Gospel message in what Blessed John Paul II called the “New Evangelization” came out of the blue at a time when I was struggling to discern God’s purpose for the next half of my life. And so, on the evening of March 13, I found myself standing in the rain in Saint Peter’s Square waiting for the white smoke that would signal the election of Pope Francis. I have trouble imagining how any future events in my life will top that moment.

“[he] handed me a prayer card. . .the Prayer of Saint Francis. . . three weeks before the election of Pope Francis.”

Angela Flood ‘85 is Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. She previously served as Vice President at DCI Group, LLC, Deputy Political Director for President George W. Bush, and in senior positions in the U.S. House and Senate.

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Saints Around the Globe At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” - Mother Teresa In 2008 and 2009, I had the opportunity to volunteer in South America for about eight months. The organization I was working with is called Amanecer, which runs nine houses to serve a myriad of needs across varying demographics, from a women’s shelter, to a trade school, a house for infants, and orphanages for several age groups. In addition to basic needs, Amanecer also provides the education and preparation necessary to make sure that the children they serve are afforded the best possible opportunity to find quality employment. It was a very formative experience for me and I continue to remain in contact with those still at Casa Nazareth and am sponsoring one of the boys at Amanecer. It is a wonderful organization and I encourage everyone to consider promoting their mission of compassion. Their website can be found at: - Ben Yorke ‘04

I am currently serving a year term with AmeriCorps through the American Red Cross—where I am the Community Outreach Coordinator. I lead a team of volunteers and give preparedness presentations in the community, as well as design presentations for the future and chapter brochures. I handle all social media posts for the chapter, and I author our blog as well which also features a fictional mini-series I created about the story of a young volunteer who finds herself in the middle of a disaster. As part of AmeriCorps, I also have certain responsibilities to assist the chapter, such as being a caseworker on the Single Family Disaster Fire team, as well as being a Disaster Services course instructor. My time with AmeriCorps and the Red Cross has opened my heart to the thing I really love— simply, helping others— and I have my teachers and mentors at Bishop Dwenger to thank for instilling that desire within me. - Jamie Black ‘06

I currently work as a Physician and Associate Medical Director for a group of Community Health Centers in Indianapolis that take care of under-served patients. Since 2000, I have been blessed with the opportunity to make nine separate trips to Montero, Bolivia for medical mission trips there. Our team has been involved with the care of sick, malnourished and special needs children as well as establishing an ongoing program to care for adults with diabetes. - Dr. Rick Reifenberg ‘83

I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar as a Health Volunteer from September 2006 - December 2008. I had a sense of serving based on my faith and education; also, I wanted to learn another language, I wanted experience working in another culture, and I wanted to develop more patience. It was a great way to get a “kick in the behind” from reality after living a nice life as a college student in the bubble of my campus. From this experience, I learned that you really cannot move mountains very quickly and that you really must focus on the small victories. Just like Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Overall, the experience provided some of the worst times of my life and some of the best times. I am still learning from my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in my everyday life, and professional life, as a law clerk and future lawyer. I would like to work as a Prosecutor or Public Defender. I know those may seem at odds, but they both uphold constitutional guarantees that we all have and it would be an honor to serve the public in either of those lights. - Sam Ladowski ‘02

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I recently returned from Nicaragua, where I was a Jesuit Volunteer for two years. I lived in an intentional community with four other volunteers and as a part of our program, we made a commitment to living simply, discussing and practicing spirituality and working toward social justice. My work site was a Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) school where I taught English to students from pre-school through sixth grade, assisted with phys ed classes, and participated in parades and other school events. I had known for a long time that I had wanted to be a part of an international volunteer program, primarily because I am fascinated by other cultures, but also because I believe that there is so much I (and we) can learn from the way others live. The people of Nicaragua are unbelievably warm, hospitable, and patient. There is such a strong sense of community there: neighbors sitting outside and visiting, watching their children play soccer in the dusty streets, inviting strangers like me to join them. My time in Nicaragua was filled with challenges of learning Spanish, missing home, adapting to a new culture, figuring out the bus system, to name a few. Yet, I formed deep relationships with my co-workers and friends who kindly listened to me as I struggled to express myself in Spanish, with my community mates who supported me and encouraged me when we all faced the harsh realities of poverty, and with my students who would daily run up to me and yell, “Profe, profe!” (“Teacher, Teacher!”) and overwhelm me with their smiles and hugs. I went with hopes to teach and serve the people of Nicaragua, but in fact, the people of Nicaragua taught and served me in ways that I cannot explain. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had and know that this journey of learning and accompaniment will continue wherever I go. - Adrienne Hillmann ‘06

Adult Volunteers Needed Locally:

Being a “Citizen of Two Worlds” never stops. The Ave Maria House, in Fort Wayne, a homeless day shelter and is in need of daytime volunteers. A ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, the Ave Maria House serves customers Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 432 Madison Avenue. Patrons enjoy a home atmosphere where they may have a coffee, snack, take a shower, do a load of laundry, make or receive a phone call, pick up mail, as well as relax in community with volunteers and peers. Volunteers socialize with patrons, assist with coffee and snacks, receive donations, and do some cleaning. Those interested, please contact Dottie Carpenter, Director at 260-705-1690.

Catholic Relief Services iNeighbor Program Comes to Bishop Dwenger During the 2012-2013 school year, Bishop Dwenger entered into partnership with Catholic Relief Services for a three year commitment to global solidarity through the iNeighbor Schools Program. Catholic Relief Services works in 100 countries around the world. Started by the US Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services began in 1943 settling war refugees in Europe. Once Europe regained stability, the agency sought to reach out to other countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Now, CRS represents the United States Catholic Church in international development and relief efforts. Early in the school year, Dwenger faculty and staff participated in a CRS-facilitated full-day workshop led by staff from CRS. The workshop helped our staff learn about the work of CRS in their care for orphans and vulnerable children around the world. This workshop was interactive and formulated to fit our school, providing the opportunity for our school’s staff to share and learn about the global work of the Church and CRS as wells as to share their expertise as teachers and staff while planning for our school’s solidarity week. Bishop Dwenger designated a week in April to focus on education and action around the work of CRS. During the Global Neighbor Week, committees led by faculty and staff, along with senior students, implemented the ideas and plans that they had developed throughout the school year. During the week, each homeroom class participated in mini-lessons that focused on one nation where CRS works. The students and teachers in those rooms learned about the general socioeconomic situation of that nation and the role of CRS in that nation. Each class developed a poster displaying their nation and a national flag designed with the handprints of class members. The week culminated with an all school assembly focused on the work of Catholic Relief Services and personal responsibility for works of justice. This school year, our faculty and staff will again participate in a workshop provided by CRS to guide year two, when we will focus specifically on the plight of orphans and vulnerable children around the world. So many children around the world have been left orphaned by HIV and AIDS, or by natural disasters. As an iNeighbor school, members of the Bishop Dwenger community will be a part of the life-saving work of CRS that continues to help children all around the world who are the most in need. For more information about the iNeighbor program, please visit the website at For more information about the program at Bishop Dwenger, please contact Melissa Wheeler at Dwenger Times 9

There’s an App for That! Megan Oberhausen Swaim ‘04

When Bishop Rhoades asked us to sit down and brainstorm some ideas for diocesan initiatives for the “Year of Faith,” my colleagues in the Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries and I had no idea what an adventure we were about to embark on. We had just been reading a fantastic book, “The Church and New Media” (by the incredible Brandon Vogt, OSV) and were convinced that whatever we were going to do, we needed to utilize New Media and do something big for the New Evangelization. Someone blurted out, “How about an app?” and “My Year of Faith” was born. We had just about a year from that initial meeting to the actual launch – and it went so quickly! There were many obstacles – and more than once we could have decided it was too much – but each time the Holy Spirit promptly and swiftly removed whatever was blocking our way. One of the biggest surprises has been the number of incredible, talented and well-known authors, bloggers and speakers willing to contribute their gifts and talents with us. When I send out an invitation asking someone to contribute to the blog, I always say a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit before I hit “send.” It’s so humbling when I receive a quick reply with an enthusiastic “yes!” The Holy Spirit has gathered us an incredible network of new friends and partners in evangelization. It’s been an incredible blessing to hear and read people’s responses to the posts. “My Year of Faith” really is helping Catholics celebrate the “Year of Faith,” deepen their relationship with the Lord and become Megan and Josh ‘03 Swaim New Evangelizers. All for Jesus! If you haven’t yet, we’d be honored if you visited us at or in the iTunes or Google Play stores. After enjoying five years working for the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocesan Office of Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries, Megan has recently become the Director of High School Youth Ministry at St. Pius X in Granger, IN.

Flying High! Kevin Fogler ’07

Shortly after graduating from BDHS in 2007, I found myself in a completely foreign environment - basic military training. In the spring of my senior year, the U.S. Air Force Academy football program recruited and signed me to play as a wide receiver. Being the first in my family to enter the service, I did not fully understand the commitment I had signed up for, but I adjusted quickly to a new lifestyle. My four years at the Academy were filled with 12-14 hour days of academics, football, and military training. In retrospect, I can’t thank Dwenger’s curriculum and faculty enough for preparing me to excel in one of the most challenging undergraduate degrees in the country. I was blessed to be able to enjoy playing 4 years of football, going to bowl games each year, and being a member of one of the winningest classes in Academy football history. I may not have entered the Academy fully focused on the service aspect post graduation, but after a couple years of maturity, my excitement and desire to serve our great nation grew exponentially. The spring of my junior year I was accepted into SUPT, specialized undergraduate pilot training. Fortunately, I was assigned to Columbus AFB, MS with several of my good buddies from the football team. I completed Initial Flight Screening in August 2011 and started flying the T-6A at Columbus AFB in September. After five months of 12 hour days flying the T-6, I was one of eight guys in my class of 30 selected to continue my training in the T-38C Talon. This aircraft and flying syllabus is designed to train pilots for fighter and bomber aircraft. The six month program focused on the importance of formation flying, (flying in relation to another jet). I graduated SUPT as a newly rated Air Force pilot in November 2012 assigned to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle. The past 6 years of my life have been exciting, stressful, and every emotion in between. I’m thankful I have been able to lean on my faith in all the highs and lows of my journey. Every step has been somewhat out of my hands, which brings anxiety yet trust, knowing God controls the plans for my life. I’ve been blessed with incredibly faithful family and friends who have been unwavering in their support. I can say confidently my experience at BDHS prepared me for USAFA, and college football prepared me for SUPT. I expect this progression will only continue and am so grateful for those who have been by my side in any and every effort along the way. The future holds many challenges; I am excited to take those challenges on serving in our US Air Force. Kevin pictured far left with fellow pilots 10 Fall 2013

When it comes to Animation, he doesn’t Monkey Around Zach Parrish ‘03

After graduating from Dwenger, I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I graduated with my Bachelors of Fine Arts, with Animation as my major area of study. During my last semester at SCAD, I was a student with an online school for animation called Animation Mentor and was also hired for an Apprenticeship program at Rhythm & Hues Studios. Then things started to move very quickly: graduation on June 2nd, flew to Los Angeles on June 3rd, and started work at R&H on the fourth! After one month in the apprentice program, I was hired as a Junior Animator for “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” While there, I also continued my studies at Animation Mentor. During my one and half years at Rhythm & Hues, I also enjoyed working on “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Mummy 3,” “Aliens in the Attic,” and “The Vampire’s Assistant.” My work from Animation Mentor, a more substantial resume, and demo reel, all lead to a position to work on one of my childhood favorite stories, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” through Sony Pictures Animation in Culver City, CA. While at Sony and working on Tim Burton’s, “Alice in Wonderland,” I heard that Disney Animation Zach being hugged by a bronze orangutang at the Berlin Zoo was hiring for a movie about Rapunzel. Knowing that one of my animation idols, Glen Keane, was supervising animation on the film, I immediately applied. I was fortunate enough to lock down the last spot on the show and moved to Disney Animation in Burbank, CA in January of 2010. After finishing “Tangled,” I worked on “Prep and Landing 2” before receiving a promotion to be an Animation Supervisor on “Wreck-It Ralph.” As a character lead for King Candy in “Wreck-It Ralph,” my most notable scenes from my time at Disney would include King Candy’s introduction in Ralph, and the conversation between Ralph and Gene in the penthouse. I have been fortunate to do a variety of shots, styles, emotions, and actions. Currently, I am the Head of Animation on Disney’s 2014 release, “Big Hero 6” and have responsibility for a crew of around 70 animators. I feel blessed to love what I do! Although I might not have realized it at the time, every class at Bishop Dwenger provided some lesson, even if it wasn’t the one they intended to teach me. In looking back, I see that I learned problem solving skills; and more than just formulas, I learned critical thinking. Although not academic, I also learned independence; self-motivation, and maturity. I learned all of these things while also being constantly reminded to be a good person. It is the balance of all of those things that has always stuck with me!

This Saint is on the move with Nanotechnology Research Christina (Millhouse) Bernard ‘08

Christina stands proudly with her research presentation

Current research in nanotechnology is expected to greatly impact our way of living. Such studies can impact medicine, medical diagnostics, cosmetics, and many other areas that affect us every day. Dr. Joseph Irudayaraj’s research group at Purdue is doing just that. His research group specializes in treating cancer with gold nanoparticles, but has recently added Zinc Oxide nanoparticles to his list. Zinc Oxide is acknowledged for its biological applications in luminescence tagging, drug delivery, and cell imaging. Our specific area of research involved attaching thiolated DNA to Zinc Oxide nanoparticles that could then be used as a luminescent tag. The presence of this luminescent tag would fluoresce stronger than the fluorescence of other tissues within the cell that is automatically given off when being imaged. This would verify the presence of complimentary DNA within the cell and the uptake of the Zinc Oxide nanoparticle by that cell. By attaching DNA to such particles, these particles can then be utilized in other biological applications such as a possible treatment for cancer or drug delivery. Christina received a degree in Biological Engineering with a dual major in Biochemistry from the School of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. Dwenger Times 11

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Every Life is Valuable and Precious, A BDHS Alumna’s Adoption Story By Laura (Ley) Wharton ‘89 It’s funny, I don’t ever remember being told that I was adopted, I and giving me a chance for an incredible life. A life of being just always remember knowing. I was told by my parents, Rick and raised Catholic, having great parents, and a house full of siblings. Sally Ley; they had tried to have a baby and when they couldn’t, I also had the privilege of attending Bishop Dwenger High School they decided to adopt. They made it onto a list and were told it where I met my husband, Joe. He is a wonderful Catholic man could take two years before a child would be available. Less than and a great father to our 11 children, one of whom we adopted two weeks later, they were notified by from Russia. Catholic Charities that there was a baby My “biological” mother and I for them. My grandmother died eight exchanged letters which then led to a days before I was born so, according to beautiful reunion. On September 1, my parents, “she died, went to heaven 2012, I got to meet my birth mother, and picked out the prettiest baby and Marcy. At 19, Marcy was a single sent me down to them.” What little girl working woman and became pregnant wouldn’t buy that story, hook line unexpectedly. As much as she loved and sinker? me and wanted to keep me she was Amazingly, a few months later my already having difficulties supporting mom found out she was pregnant! herself. Without her family and friends Nine months later, my sister Sarah was knowing, she endured the pregnancy born, starting a string of eight siblings. alone and unsupported. Even through God does have a great sense of humor! the hardest of circumstances she never I grew up in a house full of siblings with stopped believing that every life is all the craziness and fun that goes with valuable and precious. She found the it! I always felt just as much a part of strength to make the choice to give our family as the rest of the “biological” me the best opportunity she could. children. Along with my sister, I have She gave me the gift of a mother AND four brothers and three more sisters. I a father. After all these years of not often wondered what my life would be knowing what ever became of me, like if my biological mother had made SHE has received the gift of seeing the a different “choice” or if my parents fruits of her decision in the wonderful weren’t open to the gift of adoption. and blessed life I have lived. Marcy was Most of my life, like most adoptees never blessed with more children and I’m sure, I was a bit curious about now has something she never thought where I came from and what the she’d get to have, a daughter and soncircumstances were behind my in-law and eleven grandchildren. biological mother’s decision. But for Nothing can ever compare to the the sake of not disrupting her life or love and respect I have for my mom upsetting my mom and dad, I chose not and dad, but God has given me the to pursue a reunion. But in the summer capacity to love and respect the of 2012, an almost miraculous series woman who has given birth to me. of events occurred. I was able to write Marcy and I now enjoy a very special Pictured top to bottom: the Ley family, the Wharton family, my birth mother a letter, something I relationship with the full blessing Laura and her birth mother, Marcy have always wanted to do, to thank her of my mom and dad. Marcy and her for the gift of life and for making the difficult decision to continue husband Mike are now part of our family and I am part of hers. I her pregnancy. I have felt such deep gratitude knowing what an am truly amazed how an unselfish decision made over 42 years ago incredible sacrifice it must have been to give me up for adoption can have such an incredible impact on so many lives.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” –Jeremiah 1:5

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Hall of Fame Last fall, we honored some of Bishop Dwenger’s finest at our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It was a wonderful evening to celebrate and reminisce with our inductees and their family and friends. Alumna of the Year - Angela Flood ’85 As a Dwenger Saint, Angela was the Valedictorian of her class, served as both the Key Club President and Senior Class President, and was also a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, Angela attended the University of Notre Dame where she received her B.A. degree. In May of 2011, Angela accepted her current position as Secretary for Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. In this role, she leads the Archdiocese’s newly created Secretariat for Communications, which includes the Office of Media and Public Relations; the Office of Digital Media; and Carroll Publishing, which produces the Catholic Standard and El Pregonero newspapers. Athletics - Jim Sciarini ‘73 This grid-iron standout had an impressive football career in both high school and at the collegiate level. As a Bishop Dwenger Saint, he lettered in football in 1970, 1971 and 1972. He was 1971 All North Division Football, and in 1972 he was All City, All State and Catholic All American, all the while, he remained in the top 10% of his class academically. After Bishop Dwenger, he continued his sport at Michigan State University, on a full scholarship, lettering in 1975, 1976 and 1977. In his senior year, 1977, he was honored with Academic All Big Ten Football and also Academic All American. Currently, Jim is employed as the Human Resources Manager at Toledo Refining Company, LLC. He is the proud father of three wonderful children, Theresa; Nick; and Megan. 14 Fall 2013

Athletics - Anton Talamantes ‘98 As a sophomore, in 1996, the team’s record was 17 wins and 7 losses. Anton was one of three wrestlers to finish first in the SAC tournament, a new record for Bishop Dwenger. Anton finished second at the State meet, wrestling at 215. In 1997, the team had an even season with 10 wins and losses. However, Anton captured his first State Title, wrestling at 215. This was the first Wrestling State Title in Bishop Dwenger’s history. During his senior year, in 1998, the team ended the season with 8 wins and 15 losses; but was 5 and 4 in the SAC. Wrestling at 189, Anton won the State Title for the second year in a row. He was an All American during his senior year as well. Professionally, Anton is a first shift Manager at Fabri-Form in Bluffton. Also, he and his brother, Rico, own and manage Ultimate Training Academy, which is a multi-disciplined gym that offers training in the Mixed Martial Arts. Visual and Performing Arts - Ron Walz ‘67 As a member of the first graduating class at Bishop Dwenger, Ron spent his high school years studying, playing on the first varsity football team, singing in the choir, and serving on student council. Ron had the role of “Curley” in the school’s third musical performance, “Oklahoma.” He attended Purdue University where he majored in Television and Film; he has also studied songwriting at UCLA. Later, he headed to California and he spent two and a half years traveling and singing with the New Christy Minstrels and the Serendipity Singers. He and his business partner, Rick Patterson, formed the company of Patterson, Walz & Fox Music. As a composer of advertising music, Ron, wrote or co-wrote music for Coke, Toyota, Budweiser, American Airlines, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Disneyland. He has written over 2,500 commercial songs that have been broadcasted

on television or radio. Their company’s greatest success was the theme song they created for “The CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather.” Currently, Ron, the proud father of two adult children, Kira and Michael, is retired and enjoying the time he and his wife, Carol, spend traveling with her custom jewelry business. They reside in South Haven, Michigan and belong to Saint Basil Church. Citizens of Two Worlds - Patsy Dumas Patsy’s commitment to Bishop Dwenger High School has always been evident in a myriad of ways. Patsy and her husband, Jim, have sent all six of their children to Dwenger: Jennifer (Dumas) Dahm ’83; Julie (Dumas) Knorr ’84; Dave Dumas ’86; Beth Dumas ’88; Steve Dumas ’90; and Sarah (Dumas) Blake ’97. She was heavily involved at school, from being part of the original committee that founded Saints Alive! to serving on the School Board. In the early 80’s, Patsy was even the Development Director. Patsy has chaired numerous Saints Alive! committees during, and after, the time her children were in school. For eighteen years, she partnered with Carol Cornell to host the annual alumni trips to Europe which served as a fundraiser for BDHS. Perhaps her most notable gift is Patsy’s Holiday Luncheon. Beginning in 1996, she has hosted a luncheon in her home during the first week of December. Patsy is a collector; and china is one of her passions. She sets eight to twelve tables in her home, each with a different place setting! Patsy and her committee serve a wonderful lunch to members of the Dwenger family, sometimes as many as 110 people! It is the perfect way to start the Christmas season and is a much anticipated and most cherished event. The list of Patsy’s achievements and gifts to the community is as impressive as it is long; Girl Scouts; Indiana Dental Association; Psi Iota Xi; and The Carriage House. Pictured L-R: Angela Flood, John Bennett, Ron Walz, Jason Schiffli, Jim Sciarini, Patsy Dumas, Katie Burns, Amy Johns, and Tuffy.

w e l c o m e t o t h e d w e n g e r f a m i ly Kathleen Bennett, retiring after 32 years of service with Fort Wayne Community schools, has joined the Bishop Dwenger High School Guidance staff. She was a School Psychologist and Guidance Counselor at Elmhurst for 11 years and, more recently, she served at North Side as a Guidance Counselor. Mrs. Bennett will be working with our sophomores and freshmen L-Z. Kathy is married to John Bennett, our Athletic Director, and they have two grown children who are Dwenger graduates, Meredith ‘06 and Doug ’10. Jennifer Long, a native of Fort Wayne, has spent the past 10 years teaching in Charleston, South Carolina. She has her BA in Social Studies Secondary Education from the University of Saint Francis. We have discovered that Jennifer is a very creative teacher and has benefitted greatly from serving as member of the curriculum planning committee for South Carolina. Mrs. Long is teaching social studies and has replaced retired teacher, Mike McMillen. Juanita Nix, a 2006 graduate of Bishop Dwenger, has joined us as our Special Education Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of St. Francis and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in special education from Ball State University. Previously, she was a special education teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. In her free time, newly engaged, Juanita coaches club gymnastics. She tells us that she is thrilled to be back on campus and is excited to be part of the growth and development of the special education department. Molly (Flood) Schreck is a welcomed addition to the Development and Alumni Office. Molly, a 1991 graduate of Bishop Dwenger, joins the staff as the Alumni and Development Coordinator. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1995 and is married to Mike, a fellow BD 1991 graduate. They have four children who attend St. Vincent de Paul School. Recently, she has served on the School Board, Parish Finance Council, and Development Committee at St. Vincent de Paul. We are excited to have her experience and passion for our school on our team!

Kristin Turner, a Fort Wayne native and a Carroll High School graduate, has joined us as one of our Art teachers. Kristin was with us last year as a substitute covering Mrs. Conroy’s maternity leave. Ms. Turner had the exciting opportunity to study art in Europe for a couple of weeks and attended college drawing courses at the University of Saint Francis during her senior year of high school. She attended the University of Saint Francis for college, where she discovered her passion for teaching. Kristin did her student teaching at Hickory Center and Eel River elementary schools. Father Ajay Tiru is from Khunti (Jharkhand, India) and was born on December 4, 1969. His family consists of three brothers, one sister, father, and sadly, his mother passed away just a few months after he was ordained a priest in 2002. He joined the Diocese of Jamshedpur in 1989, at the age of 16, and after 11 years of priestly training, he was ordained at Christ the King Parish, Chakradharpur (India) by the Bishop of Jamshedpur, Dr. Felix Toppo S.J. Fr. Ajay has an honors degree in Hindi language, Bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Theology, and worked on a Pastoral communication degree for some time. After serving the Diocese of Jamshedpur as a priest for 11 years, he is now an Associate Priest at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish. In India, he served as an Associate Pastor, Pastor, taught candidates for the priesthood, worked for six months in the Damien Social Leprosy Hospital, and then moved to the Bishop House. In 2012, he served as a Chaplain for Lutheran Hospital and is now very much looking forward to assisting the students of Bishop Dwenger High School as one of our Chaplains. Class of 2017 - On their first day, 267 freshmen students were welcomed by upperclassmen, faculty, and staff with cheers, signs, and opened doors. You can watch the Class of 2017 being welcomed in style at

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the year in review October Our students give $484 to Catholic Relief Services from a donation at our All-School Mass Thomas Awiapo, from Catholic Relief Services in Ghana, visits with our senior theology classes. He travels through the United States talking to school and parish audiences about global hunger; he is a truly amazing and inspiring speaker

Grandparents Day- one of our favorite days of the year! Our students celebrate a prayer service with their Grandparents as well as visiting with them and enjoying treats

During Catholic Schools Week, our students celebrate our Catholic Identity and pride in our school with a variety of fun and festive “Snowcoming” events

Jason Evert speaks to our student body about the virtue of chastity. He is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including “Theology of the Body for Teens” and “How to Find Your Soul Mate without Losing Your Soul”

December St. Nick and our senior Saints host 100 MLK Montessori preschoolers for a party and Christmas joy overflows We receive notification that Bishop D’Arcy’s health is failing and our students send a prayer chain to him

Our students and parents head out into the community to volunteer for our annual day of service, “Saints on the Move,” and help over 100 households and organizations

100+ students go to Washington, DC, and participate in the March for Life Students celebrated the end of the semester with a Christmas Formal dance

Helping to evangelize the truth and beauty of our Catholic Faith, Sam Anderson, Luke Miller, Madeline Pollifrone and CJ Feipel join Mr. Schiffli at Redeemer Radio for their semi-annual Sharathon

Our Cheerleaders are state champs again! 21 state titles in 7 years for our Cheerleaders January On January 19th, we host our 2nd Annual Trivia Night and members of the Dwenger family demonstrate their knowledge of meaningless and funny tidbits

Our theatre students perform in the fall play, “Dearly Departed” November Almost 200 students and their families visit Bishop Dwenger for our fall Open House Our National Honor Society adds 113 new members to their current membership of 219

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The BDHS Cheerleaders compete in Florida and are crowned National Grand Champions for the third consecutive year

Bishop Rhoades makes his pastoral visit to our school and hosts a delightful Q & A session after Mass with our students

Jacob Schneider, Ben Clemmer, and Gabby Tomlinson are interviewed by Indiana News Center about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and hopes for our next pope

February We bid a fond farewell to Bishop John M. D’Arcy (See page 23 for more information about our faithful Bishop) Ma r c h Saints Alive! celebrates the “N’awlins Saints, in the French Quarter” with another spectacular evening (See page 4 for more details)

Over 150 area teens descend upon Bishop Dwenger for the weekend for the long-anticipated “Ignited” retreat. Watch the highlight video at http://www. Our winter guard, “Radiance,” places 2nd in their class at the state finals

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Our Show Choirs, Summit Sound place 5th and Elegance place 6th in their classes, respectively, at the state competition

The student body celebrates iNeighbor week with a variety of activities and conclude with an assembly to share what they’ve learned about their respective countries M AY We gather together to honor Mary at an all school Rosary and May Crowning

During spring break, our Music Department travels to Orlando and performs at Disney World. Summit Sound brings home the award for “Best in Show”

The Fort Wayne premiere of the musical “The Little Princess” was performed by our theatre students

245 members of the class of 2013 become BD Alums! summer FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) travel to Anaheim, CA to participate at Nationals

April Habemus Papam! Pope Francis is elected as the new leader of our church! At the ISSMA festival, our choir Congratulations to Nick Miles, ‘14, earns gold, orchestra earns gold, Matt Krach, ‘14, and Tim Trout, ‘14, and band earns silver who are awarded their Eagle Scout Our Show Choir, Summit Sound, wins “best show choir” and a silver award for 2nd place among “specialty chiors”


Julie Bazur, Softball, Indiana Tech Erica Miller, Softball, Marian University Ally Christman, Basketball, Ferris State University Kathryn Jenkins, Soccer, IPFW Blake Bowers, Football, Marian University Nick German, Football, University of Dayton Gerald McGee, Football, Grand Valley State University Paul Geha, Baseball, Holy Cross College Shawn Ryan, Football, University of Saint Francis CJ Bostwick, Wrestling, Heidelberg University WELL DONE , GOOD A ND F A ITHFUL SERV A NTS !

Our students participate in a “live” performance of the Stations of the Cross in preparation for Holy Week and Easter 79 students were presented with their academic jackets for their outstanding performance. In the fall, we had 25 recipients

Adam Lehn, Valedictorian Madeline Pollifrone, Salutatorian Katelynn Smith Alexandra Yoder Nathan Schleinkofer Stephanie Schenkel Bryce Clevenger Benjamin Evans Andrea Bloom Jennifer Hipskind

A member of the first graduating class of Bishop Dwenger, long-time coach, Dave Scudder, has resigned from the girls’ basketball coach position. Coach Scudder was 388-261 in 31 seasons with the Saints, which ranks him No. 7 among active coaches and 18th all-time in state history. He won seven sectional titles and three regional championships. Thank you for your many years of service and dedication to our Lady Saints! Mike McMillen, one of our Social Studies teachers, retired after 6 years of educating our Dwenger students. A long-time educator and administrator, 39 years in Fort Wayne Community Schools, Mike is looking forward to his second retirement! Thanks for your service to our school! We will miss you! We thank Fr. Jason Freiburger for his time, commitment and spiritual guidance during his chaplaincy at Bishop Dwenger High School over the past few years. Although we are sad to see him leave, we are so excited that he is now at a parish. Fr. Jason is the new pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Elkhart, replacing past Dwenger chaplain, Fr. Bill Sullivan, who is now at St. John the Baptist, New Haven. The Dwenger family will continue to keep in our prayers and send him our love! Dwenger Times 17

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Lynn Houser was honored with the Meritorious Service Award from the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The award recognized his 36 years of high school coverage, 8 with the Kendallville News-Sun and the last 28 with the Bloomington Herald-Times. Award was presented to Lynn by IHSAA Commissioner, Bobby Cox, also pictured, Lynn’s wife, Patricia.


Daniel Avila, after 30 years of being away from Fort Wayne, he and his wife have returned. Currently, he is enrolled in the Masters in Theology program at the University of Saint Francis.

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Terri (Hines) Allgeier, her husband, Jim Allgeier ’81 and daughter, Margaret Allgeier ‘08 hang out in Boston for the Notre Dame vs. Boston College game with fellow Bishop Dwenger graduate, Mark Roussel ‘92 and classmates, Kevin Burns and Tim Joyce, both ‘84!

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Joe Pothoff hand-crafted a beautiful ambo for St. Felix Catholic Center which matches the altar. He created the podium in honor and memory of his father, Albert Pothoff, a ’42 CCHS graduate.

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Elizabeth Ledo made her television “debut” when she appeared on the 6th episode of the series, “Chicago Fire,” in November.

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Molly Mahoney organized the first annual D’Arcy Dash Sunday, August 18, on what would have been the Bishop’s 81st birthday. The money raised went to support Catholic Education.

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Amanda (Kumfer) and her husband, Timothy Johnson, welcomed a baby boy, Michael Bradley Johnson, into the world on March 9th, 2012. They finalized his adoption on June 29th, 2012, and are thrilled for daughter, Emma, to have a sibling. Dr. Natalie (Florea) Hudson, daughter of BDHS Theology Teacher, Bobbie Lauer, was recently named the University of Connecticut’s Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) Award from the UConn Alumni Association. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton as well as the Director of the Human Rights Studies Program. On December 28, 2012, Nicole (Wells) and Joe Galbraith welcomed twins Allison June and Savannah Lillian into the world to join big sister Lauren.

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Jeffrey Soshe was named President of Ameriplan in Fort Wayne. He is married and they have three children.


Sean Bennett and his wife, Samanthalynn, had their first child on December 1, 2012. Their baby, Carter James, weighed in at 7lbs., 5oz and was 20.5 inches.

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Emily (McIntire) married Brian Polke in Auburn, Alabama, on November 17, 2012. The bride and groom met while attending Auburn University. Emily is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Biology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Her thesis will focus on elephant behavior based on field work she completed at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa, from December 2010-2011.


Patrick Higgins is currently serving as a District Executive with the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America based out of Columbus, OH.


Emily Blee married Mark Buchler ‘00 on June 2, 2012 at St. Charles parish. On June 1, 2013, Chris Lapp (pictured to the right of the Bishop) was ordained a Priest through the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne.


Jacob M. Winters married Stella L. Benavides on May 18, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. They met in 2009 on the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compestela in Spain. They live in Benbrook, Texas where Jacob studies PreMed at the University of Texas, in Arlington and Stella is in residency in Family Practice.


John Donald Grashoff is engaged to Kayleen Marie Howell of New Haven and is planning a winter wedding in early 2014. Sam Ladowski and Emily Freistroffer ’04 were married April 14, 2013 at St. Jude’s. She is a nurse and he will graduate from law school in December 2013; they reside in Indianapolis. Zak Barry (pictured above, to the left of the Bishop) was ordained a Deacon on May 25, 2013 by Bishop Kevin Rhoades at the Cathedral in downtown Fort Wayne.


Johnny Goodman, along with Dwenger alums, Tony Springmann ’11 and Tyler Eifert ’09, played for the University of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Bowl in Miami, Florida in January. Pictured right, Kristen (Winters) and her husband Aaron Ware were married June 16, 2012. They reside in Madison, Wisconsin.


Airman Matthew T. Ensley graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.


Tyler Eifert, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 21st pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Steve Seculoff, member of the Marian University football team, at Marian University won the NAIA National Football Championship in a 30 to 27 victory over Morningside College.


A junior at the University of Saint Francis, Zack Welklin was named to the NAIA Basketball Academic All American Team.

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Amelia Porfilio was recently a student in the Disney College Program where she spent her days as a “Photo Pass Photographer” at various locations in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. She loved interacting with the guests, especially the kids, and had a very magical experience.

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A gymnast at Bishop Dwenger, Carrie (Carolyn) Brown was delighted to be cheering at University of Dayton this past school year. Maddie Mayers is playing volleyball at the University of Illinois and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors award and is the second Illini freshman ever to win a weekly award for her first-ever appearance.

KEEP IN TOUCH Have you recently been married, had a baby, received a promotion? Share your exciting news with us by visiting our website at and ‘submit your news’ under the Alumni tab, or email We always enjoy hearing from our alums and seeing pictures, too!

Saints Work Among Saints Five alums cross paths as they work together at the Indiana Statehouse. From left to right: Sean Keefer ‘95, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor; Matt Vincent ‘04, Program Coordinator, Indiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs; Courtney White ‘03, Capitol Police Officer, Indiana State Police; Katie Wall ‘04, Legislative Assistant, Indiana House of Representatives; Bob Morris ‘93, State Representative, House District 84, Indiana House of Representatives.



1978 – 35 Year Reunion Date: October 5, 2013 Place: Pine Valley Country Club, Mass prior details TBD Time: 7:30 pm Contact: Juli (Van Auken) Lapp, (260) 483-5971


1983 – 30 Year Reunion Date: September 28, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Place: Columbia Street West Contact: Mike Schoenle, 1988 – 25 Year Reunion Date: October 5, 2013 Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am Place: Pine Valley Country Club Cost: $40 per person Contact: Paul Pesa 1998 – 15 Year Reunion Date: November 29, 2013 Place: Pine Valley Country Club CCHS 1964 – 50 Year Reunion Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014 Place: Holiday Inn on Coliseum, FW Contact: Cindy (Loraine) Dubois at

We encourage all Bishop Dwenger Alumni to notify us when they have been blessed with a baby! We will be delighted to send you a BDHS onesie for your bundle of joy! When you send us a picture of your Future Saint, we will include it in the next issue of the Dwenger Times!

Did you know that over 45% of the current seminarians are Bishop Dwenger Saints? We are delighted to announce that our Hall of Faith is proudly displayed in the hallway outside the Queen of All Saints Chapel. If you are, or know of, a Bishop Dwenger graduate who is a priest, Sister or Religious, please contact us so we may include a framed photo of you/them at school! Please email Danielle Collins at God bless you for your service to our Church!


The BDHS football team has requested that all previous players share with us what number they wore and a memory about playing as a Saint. Please visit the school’s website and click on the “Alumni” link and then on the “Submit Your News.” Simply share with us your name, email, graduation year, when you played football, your number, your position, and a special memory. As you know, there is rich heritage and tradition in our program and we want to share it with our current and future student athletes. Thank you!


Where in the world is Tuffy? Visit to print off an image of Tuffy and take a picture with him wherever you are! Please share your photos with us by emailing them to or post them on our Facebook at bishopdwenger.

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Central Catholic


Leroy “Lee” Adang ‘41 Frank Avila ’43 Nelson Ayala ’65 Robert William Barnes ‘62 Margie (Abbott) Bauer ’57 Jean (Bobay) Becker ’51 John Joseph Becker ’51 Frederick Beckman ’41 Dr. Stephen M. Bonsib, M.D. ’68 Felicia (Klipfel) Bradley ’50 Colleen (Gibson) Bubb ’65 Linda (Panyard) Cherry ’65 Joseph J. Dahm ’45 Steve Davidson ’62 Tim Didier ‘72 John Dullaghan ’62 Joseph Duquette III ‘62 Most Reverend Felipe J. Estevez ’64 Thomas Felts ‘72 Marcia (Beckman) Giraldo ‘63 Mike Goodman ’59

Don Griffith ’43 Rose Ann (Yeranko) Griswold ’58 Patricia Hartman-Hoeppner ’62 Stephen M. Haxby ’65 Richard Helmsing ’64 Su (Gerardot) Hohman ’65 Robert Hollo ’64 Monica (Lillich) Hughes ‘72 Janis (Kroemer) Hyman ’67 Mary (Freistoffer) Keefer ’66 Carl Kleber ’68 Eugene Kolkman ’54 Frances (Smith) Kuzeff ‘58 Gene Leeuw ‘62 James Leonard ‘63 Betty (Sarrazine) Markley ‘57 Tony Martone ‘51 Pat McGary ‘52 Dr. Megley ‘48 Leanne (Oddou) Mensing ‘56 Mariana (Lillich) Miller ‘54


Leanne (Oddou) Mensing ’56 President Sylvia (Allen) Tjaden ‘65 Vice President Patty Hartman-Hoeppner ’62 Secretary Tony Martone ’51 Treasurer

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Sandra (Shoulders) Mitchell ‘61 Francis Morris ‘39 Mary Lou (Thieme) Morris ‘65 Kathleen (Foote) Murauskas ‘62 Anne (Keane) Newell ‘58 Philip Nicole ‘66 Michael D. Peden ‘65 Rose Mary (Murray) Peterink ‘39 Julia (Berkheiser) Peterson ‘60 Susan (Berghoff) Prowant ‘54 Carol A. Puls ‘51 Terry Rainey ‘61 Linda (Doetsch) Rea ‘67 Richard E. Reiter ‘63 Karen (Tetherly) Robertson ‘66 J. Barry Ryan ‘51 Phyllis Schaefer ‘60 David Paul Schenkel ‘62 Jack Schenkel ‘52 Mary Ann (Laughlin) Schnelker ‘51 Jerry Schoenle ‘56

Paul D. Schoenle ‘65 Ralph Silva ‘58 Roseann (Kortenber) Simmons ‘62 Mary Alice (Schmittt) Steinacker ‘51 John Stump ‘60 Rita (Sordelet) Stump ‘41 John N. Talarico ‘63 Martin Tierney ‘53 Dennis Tippmann ‘65 John Tippmann ‘59 Reverend Laurence Tippmann ‘51 Mary (Lawrence) Tippmann ‘68 Sylvia (Allen) Tjaden ‘65 Stephen H. Wagner ‘54 Kathryn (Hettinger) Walker ‘68 Robert Weigand ‘48 Sally (Disser) Weigand ‘48 Diane (Doehring) Winkeljohn ‘61 Margaret A. (Mason) Zurbuch ‘58


Frank Avila ‘43 Margie Abbott Bauer ‘57 George Haggenjos ‘48 Grace (Troop) Ley ‘45 Mary Lou (Thieme) Morris ‘65 Susan (Berghoff) Prowant ‘54 Laura (Fleckenstein) Stuckey ‘66 Father Larry Tippmann ‘51 Martin Tierney ‘53

We encourage all Central Catholic High School graduates to join the CCHS Alumni Association. This will allow them to notify you of class reunions, special events, and other important news. Annual dues are $15 per person and lifetime memberships are $150. If you would like to join, please contact Patty Hartman-Hoeppner ’62 at (260) 422-7083 or Tony Martone ’51 at (260) 484-2233 or Also, please continue to update Bishop Dwenger so that you can receive the alumni magazine and we can continue to assist the CCHS Alumni Association.

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CCHS S P IRIT WE A R A V A IL A BLE Available items: purple or gold T-shirts at $16.00, Purple baseball caps with CCHS logo at $10.00, Sweatshirts at $30.00, License Plates at $5.00, plus other items. Contact Margie Bauer at 260.483.5354 if you’re interested in purchasing items.

CELEBR A TING 6 5 TH REUNION The CCHS Class of 1948 held their 65th Class Reunion on July 18, 2013, at the Pine Valley Country Club. There were 72 people in attendance. Fifty-one of those were classmates. CCHS sweatshirts were presented to the three classmates who traveled the farthest: Joan (Detweiler) Murphy (Arizona); Gene Strasser (Arizona); and Joan (Liebig) Erhman (Florida).

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IN MEMORY Please keep the following alumni, extended family members, and friends of Bishop Dwenger and Central Catholic in your prayers. Bishop Dwenger Mark F. Aberle ‘68 Marianne Vorndran Baker ‘77 Derek T. Bovine ‘97 James H. Brink ‘75 Mary Lynn Cavanaugh ‘75 Kimberly S. Hoblet ‘89 Kristen Riebenack ‘85 Christopher Sanger ‘95 Central Catholic Brent A. Anderson; Teacher and Coach at CCHS Larry J. Andrews ‘64 Shirley (Reille) Arick ‘54 Linda “Sue” Bailey ‘69 James “Jim” A. Bangert ‘50 Jean C. Becker ‘51 Robert J. Belot ‘47 Dr. James R. Berghoff ‘45 Joseph H. Berghoff ‘67 Naomi Ruth Harber-Bobilya ‘43 Donette (Machon) Booker ‘54

Donald Briggeman ‘45 - Father of BDHS grads Fred ‘70, James ‘72, John ‘74 and Susasn ‘88. Rita J. Byrd ‘45 Maxine (Wyss) Schafer Cameron ‘45 Shirley “Tiny” Ann Christie ‘68 Lowell F. Christy ‘44 Carroll A. Clemens ‘45 David A. Clemmer ‘60 Joan L. Comparet ‘45 Karol Sue Cramer ‘55 Donald Avon Davidson Frances (Minick) Difilippo ‘45 Janice Lee Echler ‘61 Donald P. Ehinger ‘46 Donald Frecker ‘48 Michael Edward Freehill ‘58 Donald J. Gentile ‘42 Joseph F. Gremaux ‘45 Charlotte “Sally” Jones Harber ‘51 Larry Harmeyer ‘71 Thomas R. Heiny ‘44 Donald R. Huth ‘58 Virginia T. (Colone) Keefer ‘42

Geraldine Marie “Jeri” Keipper ‘43 John Kloer ‘59 Carolyn (Kohrman) Krider ‘50 Lois V. Krouse ‘44 Lawrence “Larry” E. Kruse ‘76 Joseph Francis Main ‘54 Robert Francis Maldeney ‘62 Francis “Mike” M. Meehan ‘46 Louis Moses ‘56 Deborah (Winter) Noll ‘67 James A. “Jim” O’Connor ‘42 John B. Palmer Jr. ‘39 Stan A. Passino ‘51 James “Jim” C. Perkins ‘60 Gregory W. Ranley ‘65 Rita Clemmer Roberts ‘39 Kenneth Rockstroh ‘43 Rosan (Greter) Rondot ‘53 John Rucano ‘43 James F. Scheffer ‘47 Mary Blanche “MB” (Linn) Schmieman Mary Louise (Huntine) Shoda Carol Ann Shull ‘56 Gerald A. Stefanek ‘64

Margaret (Dirig) Stuckey ‘60 James L. Tagmeyer ‘63 Stephen J. Ueber ‘49 Lillian “Midge” Muldoon Vodde ‘46 Rosemarie C. (Magers) Wright ‘39 James W. Yahne ‘60 Richard E. Zych ‘56 CCH S B r ot h e r s S c h o o l Philip “Phil” G. Bail Sr. James F. Klug Fr i e n d s Bishop John M. D’Arcy Debra Freiburger, mother of Nicole ‘13 Denver Jordan, father of Emily ‘13 Edward Krason; past BDHS principal from 1963-1979 Kilian Oberstar James A. Poinsatte Tyler Secrest Jane Stephens Ralph Wehrly

“The cross is not a mere event in history; it’s a way of life! Take up your cross daily, Jesus said!” - John Piper Current student athletes pray at the Gratto before heading off to their respective fall sports

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Bishop D’Arcy in his BD letter jacket with Jill (Sullivan) Hite ‘86.

Every year, I ask the students to repeat a prayer that I have taught them. Many remember it year to year. “Lord, help me, teach me to find my vocation in life.” - Bishop John M. D’Arcy

The Bishop Dwenger family was deeply saddened by the death of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy. He died in the late morning hours of February 3rd, 2013. Bishop D’Arcy was at home at the time of his death, surrounded by loved ones. He passed on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest. Bishop Kevin Rhodes shared that Bishop D’Arcy “faced death as he also lived his life: with deep faith and trust in God.” Bishop D’Arcy was a good shepherd to Bishop Dwenger High School as he served the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for these past 28 years. He established significant diocesan initiatives in spirituality, catechesis, education, ecumenism and social services outreach throughout the Diocese. Of particular note at Bishop Dwenger, was his involvement in the building of a second gym and a new library, as well as the Fine Arts addition in 2007. On behalf of the entire Bishop Dwenger family, we express our gratitude and heartfelt sympathy to Bishop D’Arcy’s beloved sisters: Sister Anne D’Arcy, a Sister of Saint Joseph, and Mrs. Joan Sheridan and her family.

“W hen Bishop D’Arcy hired me as principal of Bishop Dwenger High School, he imparted to me that my position was not just a job, but a calling and a vocation. I became a better person because of Bishop D’Arcy’s leadership and example.” - Fred Tone, Principal of Bishop Dwenger High School, 1994 - 2010 Bishop Dwenger High School is one of the preferred memorials for Bishop D’Arcy. Checks may be payable to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, designate BDHS and send to Diocese of Fort Wayne, P. O. Box 390, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. Thank you for memorializing Bishop D’Arcy in this special way. Other preferred memorials are listed on the Diocese of FWSB website at

DONATE to the SGO in DWENGER’S name Many of you have probably heard about the School Choice Program (state voucher) in Indiana which helps make a Catholic education more affordable for our families. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has also created a SGO (Scholarship Granting Organization) to help provide tuition assistance for students wishing to attend our Catholic schools. A gift to the SGO truly offers a win-win situation for our corporate donors. Not only does a gift qualify as a state and federal tax deduction, there is also a 50% state tax credit. If you are interested in learning more about making a corporate gift to the SGO, please contact Katie Burns at (260) 496-4706 or More information is also available on our Diocesan website, When making your donation, please be sure to indicate that you would like your gift to be allocated to Bishop Dwenger students, by including that on the memo line.

James Albert “Jim” Poinsatte, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed on to eternal life on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Jim was a charter member of St. Jude Catholic Church, a Knight of Columbus #451, and an ardent supporter of numerous educational and charitable institutions throughout the world including the United States, Europe, and Africa. He attended St. Jude Catholic School, Central Catholic High School, University of Notre Dame, University of Paris, and University of Chicago. “He cherished his wife and family and had an unyielding faith in God.” He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Maxine (Lapp) Poinsatte; children, Anne (Leonard) Wall, Eugene (Michelle) Poinsatte, Elaine (Joseph) Hilger, Kristine (John) Szczepanski, Denise (Randall) Sordelet, Karen (Richard) Trahin, Janet (Donald) Schipper, Rosemarie (Clyde) Nix, Philip (Patricia) Poinsatte, Richard Poinsatte, and Robert (Ellanor) Poinsatte; brother, Charles (Anne Marie) Poinsatte; 62 grandchildren; and more than 80 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Juanita Marie; and parents, Albert and Marie Poinsatte. Preferred Memorials to Mass intentions, St. Jude Catholic School, and Bishop Dwenger High School. He will be greatly missed by the Bishop Dwenger Family. May he rest in peace.

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C e l e b r a t i n g 5 0 Y e a r s - BDHS T i m e L i n e In celebration of Bishop Dwenger High School’s 50th year, we share with you some of our milestones over the decades. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Here’s to another 50! 1963-64: September 4, 210 freshman students begin at Bishop Dwenger High School, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Sisters and Diocesan Clergy are the school’s first educators. September 8, Bishop Leo A. Pursley lays the cornerstone - To Our Youth. . . Citizens of Two Worlds. Father Don Isenbarger comes up with the idea that the school’s nickname should be “Saints” and the fight song should be “When the Saints Go Marching In.” 1964-65: “The Golden Trumpet,” the school’s newspaper goes to print. Student, Janet Melon, dresses up as “saint” and becomes the first mascot at school events. 1965-66: Boys Varsity Athletics begin. In the spring, we experience the first “Junior Day” in which seniors turn over the student leadership of school to the juniors. 1966-67: Old gold and white are selected as the school’s colors. The school’s yearbook is named “Aureate”. A student contest is held in Sister Angelene’s art class and that is when the rendition of the blackeyed Tuffy, the Saint Mascot, came to be (Tom Mettler’s artwork). First class of seniors graduates. 1967-68: BDHS hosts its first Homecoming and bonfire. 1968-69: Minimum teacher annual salary (with Bachelor’s Degree) is $6,000. Cinder track is replaced with a new all-weather track, the first of its kind in Indiana.

1974-75: The Spirit Tree is chopped down to a stump, but grows back. 1975-76: Girls IHSAA Sports Teams begin. 1976-77: In the NISBOVA solo ensemble contest, the band comes home with 72 medals. 1977-78: A large snow storm late in the spring sends students out to shovel the track before practice. 1978-79: Fr. Edward J. Krason retires as the first school principal. Brown houndstooth uniform skirts are replaced with plaid. 1979-80: John Gaughan becomes the new Principal. Students go on a Pilgrimage to see Pope John Paul, II in Chicago, Illinois. Saints Alive! (school’s major fundraiser) has its inaugural year. 1980-81: The Golden Trumpet changes in size and layout following the news magazine trend in high school journalism. 1981-82: Mother Teresa visits Bishop Dwenger High School. Students receive award from the City of Fort Wayne for Outstanding Volunteer Service during The Great Flood of 1982. 1982-83: Faculty are dunked in the tank at Homecoming.

1969-70: Tuition is $200 per year.

1983-84: First Football State Championship for Fort Wayne, Bishop Dwenger Saints beat Roncalli 22-21, coached by Andy Johns (subsequent State Titles in 1990, 1991).

1970-71: Business courses include: Typing; Office Practice; Bookkeeping; and Shorthand.

1984-85: Attendance is taken on the computer for the first time. “The Golden Trumpet” appears in color.

1971-72: Central Catholic High School closes in the spring.

1985-86: The “Aureate” features aerial shots of each class forming their graduating year.

1972-73: Ninety students transfer from Central Catholic to Bishop Dwenger in the fall, along with many faculty members. All classes are now co-ed.

1986-87: The Yacht Club, for students who like to visit new and exciting places, has its first Caribbean Cruise over Spring Break.

1973-74: First “Career Day” is hosted.

1987-88: BDHS Celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

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1988-89: The entire student body is present for the dedication of the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin. All freshmen are given bibles which are blessed and marked with their names. 1989-90: Bishop D’Arcy visits BD in the spring to confirm 18 students who participate in a special sacramental program. 1990-91: The BD Science group of the Academic Bowl garners first place in the state.

2003-04: BDHS hosts its first Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony to recognize and honor members of the Dwenger Family who have made exceptional contributions to our school and community. Zollner Memorial Athletic Complex is renovated in partnership with Concordia High School. 2004-05: School is awarded “Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Department of Education.

1991-92: The campus ministry department expands with the addition of a new pastoral minister.

2005-06: Girls Soccer Team wins their first State Championship (subsequent title ‘06). Fifteen students study in Costa Rica to protect the Leatherback Sea Turtles.

1992-93: Ten students spend Spring Break in Appalachia renovating a barn and a church.

2006-07: Students create a Web Team to design and implement a “Saints Underground” website.

1993-94: John Gaughan retires as the school’s second principal.

2007-08: New addition of Fine Arts Wing, Development & Alumni Office, and new Guidance Offices are blessed and dedicated.

1994-95: J. Fred Tone becomes the new principal. Alumni golf outing, The Saints Open, has its inaugural year. Girls Gymnastics’ Team wins first State Championship (subsequent titles 03, 05, 06, 12, 13).

2008-09: The varsity cheerleading squad is crowned National Champions during the Contest of Champions Nationals in Orlando, Florida.

1995-96: BDHS starts a very special tradition with its first Grandparents’ Day.

2009-10: J. Fred Tone retires after 16 years as principal and 42 years at BDHS. Girls Softball team wins State Championship.

1996-97: Groundbreaking for the Student Activity Center, courtyard becomes cafeteria, new media center, resource room, and library.

2010-11: Jason Schiffli becomes the 4th Principal. Girls Rugby team wins first State Championship in its inaugural season.

1997-98: A Sumo Wrestling event is held in which students wrestle in inflated suits to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

2011-12: First annual Merge is held for all new students to get to know each other and BDHS. Students pray an All-Language Rosary and launch a helium balloon rosary into the sky as choir members sing. Student Council plans and executes its first “Snowcoming,” a week full of special student activities during Catholic Schools Week in February.

1998-99: Girls Cheerleading wins its first State Championship (subsequent titles in 00, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13). The year which begins with a heat wave has to be extended due to a blizzard. 1999-00: Dwenger starts Show Choir. 2000-01: An elevator is added to the school. 2001-02: The Academic Jacket program is initiated to honor students for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

2012-13: Students and faculty foster partnership with Catholic Relief Services to support social justice issues world-wide. This timeline is comprised of research from the yearbooks, “Golden Trumpet,” “Aureate” and many individuals; we apologize if we have inadvertently omitted a major milestone or have the incorrect date. If you see any mistakes, or have additional items to add to our Timeline, please contact the Alumni Office: or (260) 496-4775. Thank You!

2002-03: ACTS Ministry (A Chance To Serve) is developed as part of the Religion Department.

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The foundation of the Dwenger Family is strong; the support of the Dwenger family is unwavering; and our steadfastness in our vision to produce Citizens of Two Worlds is as strong as ever! - Jason Schiffli, Principal As we celebrate our 50th year of providing a top-notch, college preparatory Catholic education, we realize that there are many facility upgrades that need to be completed. A comprehensive renovation committee was formed to evaluate the entire physical plant and has determined that a multitude of renovations are necessary simply due to the age of our school, as well as normal wear and tear. Investing in our physical plant is an investment in our students and in our future. In order to continue the proud tradition of Bishop Dwenger and to allow for additional growth in programs, we will be asking you for your financial and spiritual support. We trust that you will join us in preparing Bishop Dwenger High School for the next fifty years! We have outlined the capital priorities established by the administrative leadership team based on strategic recommendations of the renovation committee.

We hope that you will be as excited as we are with the plans: • • • • •

Original 36 Classrooms Renovation New Chapel Construction Gymnasium Upgrades Front Entrance Upgrades Multi-purpose Facility Construction

Our Classrooms- Knowledge is power! • •

We are committed to educational excellence and want to provide the best learning environment possible for our students Existing 36 classrooms are 50 years old - improvements are partially cosmetic; mostly efficiencies- new insulated window walls, new flooring and HVAC modernization

Our Growth- Better, Bigger . . . Home Earlier! •

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Reception Area Renovation- for safety and security for studentsconstruct dividing wall in reception area, the new interior vestibule and visiting area would create additional office space in current reception area As we continue to grow we have identified the need for a new Multipurpose Facility which will become the new home to many activities, organizations & sports

Our Chapel- Christ is our Center! •

Christ is the center of our school and this chapel will provide a visible sign of our Catholic Identity for all to see. Did you know that we’ve had almost 30,000 visitors in the Chapel year-to-date and that over 40% of current diocesan seminarians are BDHS graduates? Construct a new chapel with enough seating for one class (300 students) and expanded space for Campus Ministry and Community Service

Proposed chapel Exterior

Bishop Rhoades will have an integral role in designing the interior of the chapel. We plan to have at least 6 large stained glass windows, and since our chapel is dedicated to the Queen of All Saints, each window will have a depiction of a saint. There will be a contest that involves the entire Dwenger Community. Students, alumni, parents (past and present) and friends may write an essay on the who, what, how, and why the person believes his/her saint should be depicted in a chapel window. What saint do you think should be depicted in our new chapel? Email your essay to saints@bishopdwenger. com by January 31, 2014. Bishop Rhoades will select the top 20 essays, and then the Dwenger Family will be able to vote for their favorite from that list. The Top 6 will be selected for our chapel.

Bishop Dwenger High School Chapel Addition

Our Gymnasium- and so much more! Plan


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It is . . . our front door! It is the first impression, and sometimes the only impression, for our visitors. We use the gym for Mass, as a theatre, physical education classes, assemblies, Saints Alive!, and sporting events We need: bleachers; new wooden gymnasium floor; air conditioning; new insulated roof; improve sound system and lighting; window infill and ceiling upgrades; a fun and exciting display of our accolades; and refurbish stage and all support space

It is a very exciting time for Bishop Dwenger High School as we are in a celebration mode for all that has been, and in a planning mode for all that is yet to be . . . Our goal for the upcoming campaign is to raise $7,000,000. Our plans are to begin the renovations in the spring with the hope of completing all of these projects by fall of 2015. As always, our expectations are high, and with your assistance and prayers, we will make it a reality! For more information about our Golden Traditions Capital Improvement Plans, please contact either Jason Schiffli, Principal, or Katie Burns, Development Director,; (260) 496-4700. Thank you.

We hope you will join us for a very special Prayer Service to launch our campaign “This is Holy Ground” Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:00 am Bishop Dwenger High School- Gymnasium

Please mark your calendar!

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PLEASE JOIN US! Homecoming Weekend October 4 & 5 See page 5 for details

Open House November 5

“This is Holy Ground” Prayer Service December 5

Golden Jubilee Mass & Reception January 26

Tales FromTuffy At the end of the school year, I had the chance to chat with past School Board President, Dr. David Pollifrone. It was like being in class- I learned so much about what is happening around school! I didn’t even know that we had a Strategic Plan, sounds kind of serious, but important. He told me that the Strategic Plan is a “working and breathing” document that focuses on the big issues about school like Catholic Identity; Curriculum; Enrollment & Marketing; Finance; Development; and Facilities & Capital Improvements. The Plan helps guide our School Board and Administrators to ensure that we are working together, effectively and efficiently, striving toward our common goals. Thanks Doc for your time and also to all of our school board members who help our school so much and in so many ways! Peace,


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