Don Wycliff ’69 | September 10, 2020
On the near west side of South Bend is an area I’ve taken to calling Holiness Central, because it is so heavily churched. Within a two-block area stand five churches, including mine, St. Augustine, the only predominantly African American Catholic church in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
On any given Sunday, you may find in the pews there G. Marcus Cole, the dean of Notre Dame’s Law School; Dianne Pinderhughes, a professor of political science and chair of the Department of Africana Studies; Alfred Guillaume, the retired executive vice chancellor of Indiana University South Bend; and other prominent Catholics, black and white, from the area.
At the altar on most Sundays, along with the pastor, is Deacon Mel Tardy ’86, ’90MBA, a faculty member and adviser in Notre Dame’s Center for University Advising, and the only black member of the clergy in the diocese.
Just east of St. Augustine is Pilgrim Baptist Church. On Palm Sundays, their pastor and congregation join with those from St. Augustine in a march around the block, carrying palms and singing in celebration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.
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