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Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades appointed ninth bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
DIocese of Fort Wayne Indiana ^ | 11/14/2009

Posted on 11/14/2009 8:10:33 AM PST by markomalley

FORT WAYNE — Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, bishop of Harrisburg, Pa., has been appointed the bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was introduced by Bishop John M. D’Arcy and greeted those gathered for the 8 a.m. Mass at the St. Mother Theodore Guérin Chapel.
A news conference is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. at the diocesan offices in Fort Wayne.
The conference can be accessed live on the Web by clicking here.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: bishops

From the York PA newspaper:

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has been transferred from the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg to a diocese in Indiana, according to a news release this morning from the Harrisburg diocese.

Rhoades has been bishop in the Harrisburg diocese since December 2004. In January, he will become bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., the news release said.

"Naturally, it will not be easy for me to bid farewell to my family and friends, my brother priests and the faithful of the Harrisburg diocese," Rhoades is quoted as saying in the news release.

He thanked them for their support, prayers and affection, and called it "a tremendous blessing" to have served the Harrisburg diocese.

He said his "greatest joys as bishop have been in being with the people, teaching the faith and celebrating the sacraments."

His installation is scheduled for Jan 13, 2010.

Anybody know this guy, Rhoades?

1 posted on 11/14/2009 8:10:34 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Milwaukee was given a new Archbishop today as well. He (Bishop Rhoades) did back Bishop D’Arcy on the University of Notre Dame situation:

2 posted on 11/14/2009 8:32:32 AM PST by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: markomalley
Dear markomalley,

Bishop Rhoades is one of the younger, more orthodox bishops that have been raised up in recent years. He was rector of Mt. St. Mary's Seminary for several years and earned a reputation for orthodoxy in the formation of seminarians.


3 posted on 11/14/2009 9:33:23 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: markomalley
Against Obama at Notre Dame
Bishop Kevin Rhoades - Harrisburg, PA
On the priority of life:
 Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Harrisburg

4 posted on 11/14/2009 9:43:04 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley; StAthanasiustheGreat; sitetest; Salvation; NYer

Whispers in the Loggia

Saturday, November 14, 2009

All Rhoades Lead to Dome... and Pope Lifts High La Crosse

Good morning... and, as expected, happy news.

In an unprecedented double-shot of Saturday appointments on these shores -- and on the eve of the US bishops' Baltimore plenary, no less -- Pope Benedict has named:

  • Bishop Jerome Listecki of LaCrosse (right) as archbishop of Milwaukee. The Chicago native, 60, succeeds Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who was transferred to New York on 23 February...
  • ...and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg as bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend. A native son of the Pennsylvania capital (and former rector of one of the Stateside church's most celebrated seminaries, Mount St Mary's in Emmitsburg), the Indiana-bound prelate, who turns 52 later this month, succeeds Bishop John D'Arcy -- the nation's oldest active prelate -- who reached the retirement age of 75 in August 2007.
For starters, let's just put the top question on all minds to bed: indeed, Rhoades was among the 75-some US bishops who protested President Obama's commencement appearance at his new charge's most prominent Catholic entity... and while we're at it, so was Listecki.

More importantly for the Indiana diocese, though, after an explosion in the Fort's Latino population over recent years, el obispo habla español; Rhoades spent several years in Hispanic ministry as a young priest... and more importantly for Milwaukee -- facing some 14 abuse-related civil suits that, depending on their result, could see the 700,000-member church enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy -- the archbishop-elect is a civil lawyer... and Polish, to boot -- a first for the Beer City's eleven chief shepherds since 1843.

As always, more as things progress.

SVILUPPO: Along with Rhoades' statement for today's two-city rollout in Indiana, the Harrisburg chancery relays that he'll be installed on 13 January 2010; no date has yet been set for Listecki's inaugural in Milwaukee, and none is expected to be announced for about a week or so.

Among other things, the FWSB move is a rare instance of a bishop being transferred to a smaller see than his current one; the church in Pennsylvania's capital is larger than Rhoades' new charge by some 90,000 Catholics.

A shift of the sort last happened in 2007, when Bishop Robert Baker was sent from South Carolina's booming Charleston church to Northern Alabama's Birmingham diocese -- half the size of the former... but, crucially, the home of EWTN.

Suffice it to say, the same logic is reflected today.


5 posted on 11/14/2009 9:48:11 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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