Kevin C. Rhoades
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2009)|
|Kevin Carl Rhoades|
|Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend|
|Diocese||Fort Wayne-South Bend|
|Enthroned||January 13, 2010|
|Predecessor||John Michael D'Arcy|
|Other posts||Bishop of Harrisburg (2004-2009)|
|Ordination||July 9, 1983|
|Consecration||December 9, 2004|
November 26, 1957 |
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
Kevin Carl Rhoades
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Kevin Carl Rhoades (born November 26, 1957) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, having served as Bishop of Harrisburg from 2004 to 2009.
Rhoades was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Mary Rhoades. The second of three children, he has an older brother, Charles, and a younger sister, Robin. His father was the cousin of Republican state Senator James J. Rhoades.
Raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Rhoades graduated from Lebanon Catholic High School in 1975 and then studied at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. He applied to the Diocese of Harrisburg for enrollment in the program of priestly formation, and in 1977 entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary ("Overbrook"), in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1979.
From 1979 to 1983, Rhoades studied theology at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he obtained his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree. He also studied Spanish at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain during the summer of 1982. Terence Cooke, then the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, ordained him a deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, in 1982.
Rhoades was ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop William Keeler (later, Cardinal) on July 9, 1983, and then served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in York until 1985. During this time, he also ministered in the Spanish-speaking apostolates at Cristo Salvador Church in York and Cristo Rey Mission in Bendersville. In 1985, he returned to the Gregorian in Rome, earning a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 1986 and a Licentiate of Canon Law (J.C.L.) in 1988.
Upon his return to the United States, Rhoades was named assistant chancellor to Bishop Keeler. He also served as director of the Spanish apostolate in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties. Rhoades was pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Harrisburg from 1990 to 1995, whence he became a professor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. He taught courses in systematic theology, canon law, and Hispanic ministry, and rose to the position of rector in July 1997.
Bishop of Harrisburg
On October 14, 2004, Rhoades was appointed the ninth Bishop of Harrisburg by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 9 from Justin Cardinal Rigali (metropolitan archbishop of the Province of Philadelphia), with Cardinal Keeler and Bishop Thomas Olmsted serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: Veritatem In Caritate, meaning, "Truth in Charity" (Ephesians 4:15).
Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Rhoades is a member of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, the Committee on Pastoral Practices, and the Subcommittee on the Catechism. He chairs the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
On November 14, 2009, Rhoades was appointed the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding longtime Bishop John Michael D'Arcy. His installation took place on January 13, 2010.