Palm Sunday

We began today’s liturgy by commemorating Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Like the crowds who welcomed Jesus into the holy city, we carried palm branches.  On the first Palm… Read More

Chrism Mass 2014

We can feel the faith and vitality of our diocesan Church as we gather for the Chrism Mass.  There is a special closeness we feel as we pray for our… Read More

Rite of Election, South Bend 2014

Every year, this ceremony, the Rite of Election, fills me with wonder: wonder at the power and beauty of God’s grace!   I think about each of you and your unique… Read More

Desiring to be saints

The following homily was given by Bishop Rhoades at the Rekindle the Fire Men’s Conference on February 22nd: God said to Moses to tell the whole Israelite community: Be holy,… Read More

First anniversary of death of Bishop D’Arcy

Bishop Rhoades delivered the following homily at the Memorial Mass for Bishop D’Arcy on February 3rd, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. Bishop D’Arcy died one… Read More

50th Anniversary of Bishop Dwenger High School

Third Sunday of the Year – A It is very appropriate that we celebrate this 50thanniversary Mass of Bishop Dwenger High School here in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. … Read More

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Temple Achduth Vesholom, Fort Wayne I wish to begin by thanking Rabbi Javier Cattapan for the kind invitation to speak at this annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  How important and beautiful… Read More

Solemnity of Christ the King

Closing Mass of Year of Faith, St. Matthew Cathedral Today, the Solemnity of Christ the King, marks the end of the special Year of Faith begun by our Pope Emeritus,… Read More

Talk at Goshen College Chapel Service

            I am very grateful for the invitation to pray and speak with you today.  I have heard many good things about Goshen College and I… Read More

Regional Mass celebrating 150th Anniversary of Sisters of Saint Francis – USF

28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C              Today we gather for this regional Mass celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Saint Francis of… Read More

Red Mass

October 2, 2013 Two thousand years ago, Saint Paul urged us, as we heard in our second reading, not to be “conformed to this world,” but to live true freedom… Read More

White Mass at St. Vincent, Fort Wayne

October 1, 2013 This is our first White Mass here in Fort Wayne.  It is truly a joy to celebrate this Mass for our doctors, nurses, and other health care… Read More