Kevin C. Rhoades

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Kevin Carl Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Archdiocese Indianapolis
Diocese Fort Wayne-South Bend
Appointed November 14, 2009
Installed January 13, 2010
Predecessor John Michael D'Arcy
Ordination July 9, 1983
by William Henry Keeler
Consecration December 9, 2004
by Justin Francis Rigali, William Henry Keeler, and Thomas Olmsted
Personal details
Born (1957-11-26) November 26, 1957 (age 59)
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
Nationality  American
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Previous post Bishop of Harrisburg (2004-2009)
(Truth in Charity)
Styles of
Kevin Carl Rhoades
Coat of arms of Kevin Carl Rhoades.svg
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

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.

Early life[edit]

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, Mrs. Robin McCracken. His father was a 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 1979-83, 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. Cardinal Terence Cooke, then the Archbishop of New York, ordained him a deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, in 1982.


Rhoades was ordained to the priesthood by 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.

Episcopal career[edit]

Bishop of Harrisburg[edit]

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 (Archbishop 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[edit]

On November 14, 2009, Rhoades was named the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in Indiana. At a special Vespers service at the Cathedral on Sunday, January 3, 2010, the Diocese of Harrisburg bade a formal farewell to Bishop Rhoades. In 2011, he became the first bishop to grant an imprimatur to an iPhone application.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zenit: iPhone Confession App Receives Imprimatur,; accessed December 18, 2015.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Michael D'Arcy
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nicholas C. Dattilo
Bishop of Harrisburg
Succeeded by
Joseph P. McFadden