A Look Back at the Timeline of Bishop D'Arcy's Life

By Rachel Martin

Credit: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop D'Arcy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in 1986.

February 3, 2013 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – A look back at the timeline of Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy’s life.

He was born John Michael D'arcy on August 18, 1932, at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston. He grew up just outside of Boston, in Brighton, Mass., to Irish immigrant parents, Michael and Margaret along with three sisters, Anne, Joan, and Mary.

Bishop D'Arcy entered Saint John's Seminary in Boston in 1949, and was ordained a priest in 1957.

From 1965 to 1968, he studied at the Angelicum in Rome where he received his doctorate in spiritual theology. After that he moved back to Boston to serve as spiritual director and a professor at Saint John's Seminary.

In February 1974, D'Arcy was consecrated an Auxiliary Bishop of the Boston Arch Diocese where he served for a decade.

That's when D’Arcy came to Northeast Indiana. He was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend May 1, 1985 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, replacing Bishop William McManus.

D'Arcy was bishop until 2010, when church rules mandated that he retire. He was succeeded by current Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

In February 2011, D’Arcy was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but ultimately beat the disease. In January 2013, he was diagnosed again with cancer, but this time of the lung and brain.

Bishop D’Aarcy died Sunday morning surrounded by family and friends in his Fort Wayne home. He was 80 years old.

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