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Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers to close Friday because of Bishop D'Arcy's funeral

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:57 am

Local Catholic high schools Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers will close Friday because of the funeral at noon that day of Bishop Emeritus John M. D'Arcy of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

So many teachers and families wanted to attend the funeral that there were not enough substitute teachers available to keep Dwenger and Luers open, a note emailed Wednesday to Dwenger parents said.

D'Arcy served as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for nearly 25 years before retiring in early 2010. He died Sunday after suffering from cancer.

Here are details about local funeral events:

Today: Reception of the body and morning prayer, 10 a.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Calhoun Street and East Jefferson Boulevard. Visitation throughout the day. Rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Evening prayer starts at 7 p.m.

Friday: Visitation, 9-11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon at the cathedral. A reception for all will follow immediately at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

The Rite of Committal, or burial, will be conducted privately with the family in the crypt of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Local media will provide coverage of the funeral and some of today's events. Here is the schedule:

Today:

*6 p.m.: Redeemer Radio, WLYV, 1450-AM and 89.9-FM, special program of past station interviews with Bishop D'Arcy.

*7 p.m.: Redeemer Radio, live coverage of the evening prayer service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Friday:

*10 a.m.: Redeemer Radio special retrospective program on Bishop D'Arcy and his years as bishop of the diocese.

*11:50 a.m.: Redeemer Radio live coverage of the the funeral Mass of Bishop D'Arcy from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

*Noon: WPTA, Channel 21.1, live television coverage of the funeral Mass.