Our Holy Father today announced that Most Rev. Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of Harrisburg, PA, is to be the new ordinary for the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend.
Having served as a priest for 26 years, and as a bishop for five years, the Holy Father now entrusts him to care for the faithful of Northern Indiana.
Bishop Rhoades has Roman roots, having studied at the North American College for his seminary training. In addition he earned an STL from the Gregorian University as well as a doctorate in Canon Law.
I wish His Excellency a warm welcome and pledge my prayers and priestly support.
These days of announcements also bring the opportunity to say thank you to Bishop John D'Arcy who has so faithfully and carefully lead the diocese for nearly a quarter century. I will forever remember and be grateful for the day he ordained me to the Order of Deacon and under whom I was fortunate to serve as Associate Pastor for three years.
Ad Multos Annos to both bishops. Auguri!
Here is a statement released by Bishop Rhoades:
Statement by Bp Rhoades in Ft Wayne-South Bend 111409