Catholic Community Hold First Annual D'Arcy Dash (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emily Dwire - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 18, 2013 Updated Aug 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Paying tribute to a man who did so much for the Catholic community.

A large group took part in the first "D'Arcy Dash Run and Walk” Sunday afternoon honoring the late Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

The event was held on what would've been the Bishop's 81st birthday.

Organizers say Bishop D'Arcy gave so much to the community, they wanted to do this event to honor his lasting memory.

"This is just another way to bring everybody in our area together because he used to walk around here and he used to have his rosary and used to pray. And he'd stop and talk to everybody just like he was the best friend to everybody. So this is another way to bring back everything that he has done,” said Molly Mahoney, event coordinator.

All proceeds from today's walk will go to the Bishop D'Arcy Scholarship Fund for Catholic Education.

An exhibit dedicated to the late Bishop is now on display in the Cathedral Museum at the Archbishop Noll Center.

Different artifacts from his life are featured in the display, like his crozier, which is a symbol of authority in the church, along with a ring, three pectoral crosses and, of course, his beloved baseball artifacts.

"We usually have exhibits of all the bishops, or at least certain parts of the Bishop's history. And since he is a part of history now, we're at the six month anniversary, so we decided to put out a display of various artifacts belonging to him,” said Father Phillip Widmann, Director of the Cathedral Museum.

The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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