Priesthood Ordination

Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of a great missionary priest and bishop from the 8th century, Saint Boniface, known in history as “the Apostle of the Germans.” Saint Boniface established… Read More

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Fort Wayne In the beautiful first reading today from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, in just seven verses, we heard 21 exhortations from St.… Read More

Diaconate Ordination

Mark Hellinger and Brian Isenbarger The words of Jesus to the disciples resonate for us today at this Ordination Mass. “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so… Read More

USF Baccalaureate Mass

May 1, 2021 – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne In the first reading today, we heard St. Paul’s simple exhortation to the Colossians: “Be thankful!” Be thankful! With… Read More

‘He has been raised; He is not here’

The following is the text of the homily of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades during the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception April 3.  This is a most… Read More

Good Friday – 2021

April 2, 2021 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne Today, Good Friday, the Church commemorates with deep spiritual union the death of the Son of God on the cross.… Read More

Holy Thursday 2021

St. Matthew Cathedral, South Bend The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins with this Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We enter into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection.… Read More

Chrism Mass 2021

The Collect of the Chrism Mass recalls that God anointed His only-begotten Son with the Holy Spirit and made us sharers in His consecration. Thus consecrated or anointed, we asked… Read More

Prayer for Life at Pro-Life Rallies in Fort Wayne and South Bend: January 2021

By Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Based on Chapter 1 of the Encyclical “The Gospel of Life” by Pope St. John Paul II. Let us pray: Lord God our Father, at… Read More

Mary: Daughter of Israel, Mother of God, Queen of Peace

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily on New Year’s Eve at St. Louis, Besancon Parish.  January 1st is the eighth day of the Octave of Christmas. For… Read More

Christmas Eve Mass

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne I give thanks to God that we are able to gather tonight for this beautiful Christmas Eve Mass. During the flu epidemic in… Read More

Faithful Citizenship in a Divided Nation: The Political Responsibility of Catholics

The following is a talk given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on September 24 at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame. In this talk on faithful citizenship and our political responsibility… Read More