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Bishop D'Arcy was friend of Fort Wayne Jewish community

Cardinal Edward Cassidy, right, chats with, from left, Bishop John M. D'Arcy, Rabbi Sandford Kopnick of Achduth Vesholom Temple, and Lew Borman, executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation in 1998. Cassidy was meeting with local Catholic and Jewish leaders to discuss the recent Vatican report on the Catholic response during the Holocaust and other issues. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Cardinal Edward Cassidy, right, chats with, from left, Bishop John M. D'Arcy, Rabbi Sandford Kopnick of Achduth Vesholom Temple, and Lew Borman, executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation in 1998. Cassidy was meeting with local Catholic and Jewish leaders to discuss the recent Vatican report on the Catholic response during the Holocaust and other issues. (News-Sentinel file photo)
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Thursday, February 07, 2013 02:28 pm
This is a statement from Congregation Achduth Vesholom on Sunday's death of Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese Catholic Diocese Bishop Emeritus John M. D'Arcy.Members of Congregation Achduth Vesholom extend their heartfelt condolences on the death of Bishop John D'Arcy. Bishop D'Arcy was a genuine friend of the Temple and Jewish community.

Many years ago, he and Rabbi Richard B. Safran, now our Rabbi Emeritus, were responsible for creating the Catholic-Jewish Dialogues that provided the opportunity to promote understanding and the exchange of ideas, as well as the establishment of many friendships. His deep desire to make the dialogues meaningful was apparent to all who participated. Bishop D'Arcy wanted sincerely to follow the dictum of the Pope to make amends for the centuries of anti-Jewish sentiment, and locally he was responsible for creating successes.

When Cardinal Cassidy, from the Vatican, came to Fort Wayne, the bishop encouraged him to speak at the Temple. He met with our congregants and underscored the importance of the efforts of Bishop D'Arcy to create good will and understanding between the two groups.

At the time the bishop was working on fulfilling his dream of Vincent House, he invited members of the Temple to come to a planning meeting and, as a result, found enthusiastic support. The bishop's love for humanity, his inherent goodness, his ready smile, his way of life – all were tremendously admirable. His death is a keen loss for us all, regardless of our faith. May his memory be for blessing.

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