On February 3rd, 2013, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend saddly announced the death of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy. He passed on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades along with the diocese, asks for and offers prayers for BishopD’Arcy, his family, loved ones and friends as together we grieve the loss of our beloved Bishop D’Arcy. Read Bishop Rhoades’ full statement.
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.
Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, extended his prayers and thanksgiving for the life and priestly ministry of the Most Rev. John M. D’Arcy.
“Bishop D’Arcy was a friend to Holy Cross and to Our Lady, whom he held dear,” Fr. O’Hara said. “While we mourn his death, we give thanks for the many ways he was a blessing of God to the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend.”
The U.S. Province, based in Notre Dame, Ind., has five parishes in the South Bend area under the jurisdiction of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese: Sacred Heart, Christ the King, Holy Cross and St. Stanislaus, St. Adalbert/St. Casimir and St. Joseph. Holy Cross also founded the University of Notre Dame. “For 25 years, Bishop D’Arcy shepherded the people of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese leading by example with steadfast faith. He was a great partner to Holy Cross, supporting vocations, our parishes and schools,” Fr. O’Hara said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Bishop D’Arcy’s family and with all members of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. May he rest in the peace of Christ.”