Bishop Rhoades to replace Bishop D’Arcy at Notre Dame’s diocese


South Bend, Ind., Nov 15, 2009 / 10:19 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI appointed on Saturday Bishop of Harrisburg, Penn. Kevin C. Rhoades as the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the diocese that includes Notre Dame University.

Bishop Rhoades will replace Bishop John D’Arcy, who until Saturday was the oldest bishop governing a diocese in the US. He was prominent early this year for his strong stance against President Obama’s Notre Dame invitation.

Bishop D’Arcy strongly criticized Notre Dame University President John Jenkins, C.S.C. for honoring the President despite his pro-abortion stance, and made good on his pledge to stay away from the graduation. He decided at the last minute to attend what he called a “prayerful” graduation alternative organized on the campus by ND Response, a student-led pro-life group.

Bishop Rhoades was born November 26, 1957, in Mahanoy City, Penn. and graduated from Lebanon Catholic High School in 1975.

He enrolled at Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland in the fall of 1975 and studied there for two years. In 1977, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Penn., earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy there in 1979. He did his theological studies at the North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome, from 1979-1983. He also studied Spanish at the University of Salamanca in Spain during the summer of 1982.

He was ordained a priest of the Harrisburg Diocese on July 9, 1983. Besides being a parochial vicar at Saint Patrick Parish in York, he ministered in the Spanish-speaking apostolates at Cristo Salvador Parish in York and Cristo Rey Mission in Bendersville.

In 1985 he returned to the Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned advanced degrees in dogmatic theology and canon law.

In 1988, he returned to the Harrisburg Diocese to serve as assistant chancellor under then-Bishop Keeler. During this time, he also ministered as the director of the Spanish apostolate.

In 1995 he accepted a full-time faculty position with Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary.

In March 1997, he was named rector of the Seminary, an office he held until his appointment by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg on October 14, 2004.

Bishop Rhoades served until today as President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and as Co-chair of the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation.

“Naturally, it will not be easy for me to bid farewell to my family and friends, my brother priests and the faithful of the Harrisburg diocese,” Bishop Rhoades said in a statement.  “My greatest joys as Bishop have been in being with the people, teaching the faith, and celebrating the sacraments.”

He noted his new diocese differs from the Diocese of Harrisburg in that it has five Catholic colleges and universities “including the internationally renowned University of Notre Dame.”

“I ask for the people’s prayers that I might be a true shepherd after the heart of Christ,” he added.

Bishop Rhoades will be installed as Bishop D’Arcy’s successor on January 13, 2010.

H.E. Bishop D’Arcy Opposes Terry’s ‘Circus’

Randall_Terry-140x213 – Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort-Wayne, South Bend, Ind., is not supportive of the protests organized by Randall Terry against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama.

“Bishop John D’Arcy has urged Catholics ‘to stay away from unseemly and unhelpful demonstrations,’ such as those advocated by Randall Terry and others who have pledged to create a ‘circus-like atmosphere’ surrounding Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony,” Vince LaBarbera, director of the Catholic Communications Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, told the Register yesterday. 

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No regrets from His Excellency Bishop D’Arcy on Notre Dame

Bishop D’Arcy to offer Pontifical Low Mass on Septuagesima Sunday in Ft Wayne, Indiana


His Excellency, Bishop John M. D’Arcy will offer a Pontifical Low Mass on Septuagesima Sunday in Ft Wayne, Indiana at 11:30 AM st Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.  Keep in mind that his Excellency submitted his resignation well over one year ago to the Holy Father! 

God bless His Excellency, Bishop D’Arcy for acknowledging the Blessed Trinity’s will, as revealed in the personal initiative of our Holy Father, Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum!

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
(est. 1947)
4643 Gaywood Dr. 
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Rectory at St. Henry’s (260) 447-4100

Pastor: Rev. Daniel Durkin
Chaplin St. Mother Theodore Guerin Community: Rev. George Gabet, FSSP
In Residence: Rev. Daniel Chukwuleta
Religious Education: Rev. Daniel Durkin
Church Secretary: Kim Wyatt (260) 744-2519
Secretary Assistant: Ruth Sovine

Former FSSP District Superior strengthens St. Mother Theodore Guérin Latin Mass community


FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Father George Gabet discovered his love for the old Latin Mass years before his ordination while attending it at Sacred Heart Parish in Fort Wayne. Now he will be serving Sacred Heart, as well as Catholics in South Bend, through his new assignment as a chaplain of a community formed especially for Catholics who worship in the pre-Vatican II rite.

This rite, called the 1962 Roman Missal, the Tridentine Rite and, more recently, the extraordinary form of the Roman Missal, has received greater attention since the July 2007 publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, “Summorum Pontificum,” allowed for greater use of it.

To meet the needs of Catholics wishing to worship in this rite in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Bishop John M. D’Arcy has established the St. Mother Theodore Guérin Community. This community, which came into effect March 1, will consist of parishioners at Sacred Heart in Fort Wayne and St. John the Baptist in South Bend, two parishes that have offered the Tridentine rite Mass since 1990. Father George Gabet will be the community’s chaplain.

While a native of Fort Wayne, Father Gabet is a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, an international community of priests formed in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, the charism of which is the celebration of the Tridentine rite.

Father Gabet is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and Ball State University. Partly through his work in the pro-life movement, he discovered his vocation and entered the international seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad, Germany in 1991. He was ordained a priest by Bishop D’Arcy in 1997. Father Gabet recently served as North American district superior of the fraternity. During this time, the fraternity opened 11 new apostolates across the United States.

“This will be our 35th diocese that we’ll be working in,” explains Father Gabet of his Fort Wayne assignment, “and also our 40th apostolate within those 35 dioceses in the United States and Canada.”

Father Gabet’s assignment in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend came at a time when he was looking for a ministry that was less demanding and required less time in airports and Bishop D’Arcy was looking for a priest to continue the work and dedication of priests like Father Dan Leeuw, Father James Seculoff, Father Adam Schmitt, Father James Stoyle and others who have said the Latin Mass in Fort Wayne and South Bend in recent decades.
“I think we need to build up the community in South Bend,” Father Gabet says, noting that the St. John the Baptist community has been without a priest who says the Latin Mass since Father Seculoff’s move to New Haven in 2007.

Father Gabet will travel to South Bend almost every Sunday to celebrate Mass at St. John the Baptist. He will also offer a daily Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Fort Wayne. Other priests who are willing and available will say the Sunday Mass in Fort Wayne.

Along with saying Mass, the pope’s motu proprio allows for administering the sacraments according to the earlier rituals, notes Brian MacMichael, director of the Office of Worship for the diocese. This, he adds, fits with Father Gabet’s role as a chaplain.

Also as a result of the motu proprio, demand has risen for priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

“We feel blessed to have his ministry here in this diocese,” said Father Robert Schulte, vicar general of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Father Gabet says he too is happy to be back in Fort Wayne with his family and serving the community that first introduced him to the Tridentine rite.

“It’s every priest’s dream come true,” he notes, thanking God, Bishop D’Arcy and Father John Berg, his superior general.

Addressing the issue of the role of the extraordinary form of Roman Missal in the context of the church as a whole, Father Gabet says the church has always had different rites, all fully in communion with Rome, and that together, they create a beautiful arrangement much as different flowers do in a bouquet. He adds that what is important is meeting the spiritual needs of the faithful and that, for some people, this means the Latin Mass.
“It helps them to be holier,” he notes. “It helps them to pray better.”