Remembering A Legend In The Faith Community: 2013's Top Stories Revisited

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 29, 2013 Updated Dec 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM EDT

NORTHEAST Ind. (21ALIVE) --- As the year comes to a close, we reflect on some of the major stories that grabbed headlines in 2013.

For Catholics in Northeast Indiana, there was the heartache of saying goodbye to a leader revered for his devotion to the faith and the people he served.

Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy gave 28 years of his life as overseer of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese.

In late 2012, he was diagnosed with cancer of the lung and brain.

He passed away a little more than a month later.

Bishops and Archbishops, priests, seminarians and public officials gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Fort Wayne on February 8th to pay their final respects to a man who was an inspiration to tens of thousands.

" As you can see from the amount of people that were here, a lot of citizens of Fort Wayne and of South Bend who were here, they loved the Bishop," said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, following funeral services for the popular bishop.

“ It's just such an outpouring of love, of so many people, Catholic and non-Catholic, it shows how much Bishop D'Arcy impacted this community with his leadership. It was really very amazing," said Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who took over for D’Arcy once he retired in 2010.

Besides Bishop D'Arcy's death, we'll be recapping other events from this area in 2013 over the next couple of days, including the rejuvenation of downtown Fort Wayne, and how violent crime left a painful mark on the city the past twelve months.

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