Theology on Tap

Fort Wayne

Join us for a Catholic speaker series for young adults in their 20s & 30s, single and married, to share in food, fellowship, and faith!

Winter 2022 series: “Go Forth!”

Tuesdays, February 1 – March 1
USF Historic Woman’s Club
402 W Wayne St.

6:30 p.m. – Gather
7:00 p.m. – Talk, Discussion, Q&A
8:30 p.m. – Closing Announcements

Winter 2022 Speakers

Feb 1: Thanks Be to God – Fr. Jose Arroyo

Feb 8: Real Presence – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Feb 15: Go Forth in Vocation – Jessica Hayes, OV

Feb 22: Go Forth in Service – Sister Jacinta Krecek, OSF

Sr. Jacinta Krecek is not new to Theology on Tap. She has promoted this venture at both ends of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend during her six years of serving in the diocesan office of Campus and Young Adult Ministry. Since then, Sr. Jacinta taught theology at the University of Saint Francis for over thirteen years. Recently, she joined the USF Campus Ministry team as director and looks forward to more collaborations between USF and our diocese. As a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Sr. Jacinta has served in a variety of capacities,  facilitated service-learning in her courses, ministry practicums for students, and taught Catholic Social Teaching with service-educational experiences both local and abroad.          

Jessica Hayes, OV was consecrated as a virgin living in the world by Bishop Rhoades in 2015.  She has taught theology for 20 years at Bishop Dwenger High School and currently serves as a pastoral associate for St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Ft. Wayne. She also serves as the Advisor for Vocations to the Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and can be reached in that capicity here.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was ordained a priest in 1983, ordained the Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2004, and installed as our bishop in 2010. Bishop Rhoades served as a professor and then rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1995 to 2004. He serves as chairman of the Committee on Doctrine for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which recently published “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” 

Fr. José Arroyo was born in Puerto Rico and was raised both there and in the east coast of the U.S. due to his father being in the U.S. Navy. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans in Puerto Rico when he was 18 years old and eventually did mission work in Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. He has a great love for children, youth, young adult, elderly, sick, homebound, prisoners, etc.— basically everyone.

Fr. José graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and has an S.T.B. (Sacred Theology Bachelor) degree from the Angelicum in Rome at St. Joseph Seminary in New York along with a Masters of Divinity degree and Masters of Arts degree from the same seminary.

In the summer of 2016 joined the Franciscan Brothers Minor in our Diocese and lived at St. Felix Catholic Center in Huntington and then Mishawaka, next to Marian High School. After that experience Fr. José discerned joining the diocesan priesthood in Fort Wayne-South Diocese and after his ordination to the priesthood on June 1, 2019. He currently serves as Administrator of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Columbia City.

Mass & Celebration!

Tuesday, March 1 – 6:30 p.m.

Conclude the series by celebrating with Mass and fun with your new friends!

Mass – 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis Chapel
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street

Food & Fun – 7 p.m.
Brookside (formerly Bass Mansion)
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street

July 27

Renewal of Heart

Fr. Tom Shoemaker is a native of Gas City, Indiana, attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, and was ordained a priest in 1990. Before responding to the call, he worked as a dentist. As a priest, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend (1990-1998). He served as pastor at St. Henry and Sacred Heart Parishes in Fort Wayne (1998-2001), St. Jude in Fort Wayne (2001-2013), St. Therese Little Flower in South Bend (2013-2106), and has served as pastor of St. Charles since 2016. Of his many talents, he is also a hobbyist carpenter.


Stacey Huneck
Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
St. Charles Borromeo Church
[email protected]
Office: (260) 484-7307