Paul Peter Rhode

Paul Peter Rhode (Kashubian: Paweł Pioter Rhode; September 18, 1871 – March 3, 1945) was a German-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin from 1915 until his death in 1945.

Paul Peter Rhode
Bishop of Green Bay
titular bishop of Barca
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Native name
Paweł Pioter Rhode
DioceseDiocese of Green Bay
In office1915–1945
PredecessorJoseph John Fox
SuccessorStanislaus Vincent Bona
Other post(s)Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (1908–1915)
OrdinationJune 17, 1894
by Frederick Katzer
ConsecrationJuly 29, 1908
by James Edward Quigley
Personal details
Born(1871-09-18)September 18, 1871
DiedMarch 3, 1945(1945-03-03) (aged 73)
Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
EducationSt. Mary's College
St. Ignatius College
Saint Francis Seminary

Rhode was the first Pole and Kashubian to be elevated to an American bishopric.[1][2]


Early life and educationEdit

Paul Rhode was born in Neustadt in the Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (now part of Poland) to Augustin and Krystyna Rhode.[3] Augustin died in Prussia while Paul Rhode was a young boy. When he was age nine, his family immigrated to the United States in the Kashubian diaspora, settling in Chicago, Illinois.[3][4]

Rhode was first educated at St. Mary's College in Hardin's Creek, Kentucky. He then attended St. Ignatius College in Chicago, where he completed his classical and philosophical studies.[5] Rhode completed his theological studies at St. Francis Seminary in St. Francis, Wisconsin.[5]

Ordination and ministryEdit

Rhode was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Bishop Frederick Katzer on June 17, 1894.[6] His first assignment was as a curate at St. Adalbert Parish in Chicago, where he remained for two years.[3] In 1896, Rhode was appointed as the first pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, a parish for Polish Catholics in the McKinley Park section of Chicago.[7] He was named pastor of St. Michael Parish in South Chicago in 1897.[7]

Auxiliary Bishop of ChicagoEdit

On May 22, 1908, Rhode was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and titular bishop of Barca by Pope Pius X.[6] Since he was the first Pole in America to be named a bishop, this occasion was celebrated with special joy by the Polish American community. He received his episcopal consecration on July 29, 1908, from Archbishop James Edward Quigley, with Bishops Peter Muldoon and Joseph Koudelka serving as co-consecrators.[6] He served as vicar general of the archdiocesae from 1909 to 1915.[5]

Bishop of Green BayEdit

Following the resignation of Bishop Joseph J. Fox, Rhode was appointed the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay by Pope Benedict XV on July 15, 1915.[6] During his tenure, he established 10 parishes and 19 parochial schools, and organized the diocesan Catholic Charities and a department of education.[8]

Paul Rhode died at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on March 3, 1945, at age 73.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Holli, Melvin G.; Jones, Peter d'Alroy (1995). Ethnic Chicago : a multicultural portrait (4. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. p. 186. ISBN 9780802870537.
  2. ^ "First Polish Bishop in America". Dziennik Chicagoski. No. June 10, 1908.
  3. ^ a b c Van Norman, Louis E. (1908). Poland: The Knight Among Nations. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company.
  4. ^ "The Kashubian Emigration –". Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  5. ^ a b c d "BISHOP PAUL RHODE OF GREEN BAY DEAD; Head of Wisconsin Diocese Since 1915 in Priesthood More Than 50 Years". The New York Times. 1945-03-04.
  6. ^ a b c d "Bishop Paul Peter Rhode".
  7. ^ a b "SS Peter and Paul Church History". Polish Genealogical Society of America. Archived from the original on 2010-01-03.
  8. ^ "Bishops of the Diocese of Green Bay". Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2010-05-18.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Green Bay
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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