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D'Arcy's will simple, with lone request

D'Arcy

– In 2009, before he retired as bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese, John D'Arcy made out his will.

It was made public Tuesday in a court filing establishing an estate for the late bishop, who died Feb. 3 at age 80, after a second bout with cancer.

D'Arcy was the diocese's eighth bishop, serving from 1985 to 2010. Before coming to the Midwest, D'Arcy was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston, heading up its spiritual development office.

In that role, he repeatedly warned his superior, Cardinal Bernard Law, of improper conduct by priests, including John Geoghan, who was later convicted of sexually abusing a child and killed in prison.

While he never commented on the reason for his transfer, D'Arcy acknowledged that Law wanted to transfer him. The letters were uncovered in 2002 as part of an investigation by the Boston Globe.

Known for his love of his diocese, Boston and the Red Sox, D'Arcy wrote a simple will.

He left all his property – unspecified in the court documents – to Monsignor Robert Schulte, vicar general of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese and rector of Fort Wayne's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Joseph G. Ryan, the diocese's chief financial officer. The two men are co-trustees of the John M. D'Arcy Revocable Trust, created in June 2009, and the property was left to the trust, in their care.

But in Article 1, D'Arcy makes his primary request:

"It is my wish, but not my direction, that every priest in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese and at St. Mary Parish in Beverly, MA say one Mass for 'the repose of the soul of Bishop John M. D'Arcy.' "

rgreen@jg.net

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