Rhoades installed as new bishop
FORT WAYNE — Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with truth and love can help combat secularism and moral relativism.
The Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades said that is one of the major goals he hopes to achieve as bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
Rhoades was installed as the ninth bishop of the district during a Mass held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday afternoon.
“He’s excited to be here and looking forward to reuniting and (igniting) the church and encouraging people to come to church on Sunday,” said Randy Polovick, who attends Holy Cross Parish in South Bend with his family.
The message of a new beginning also resonated with Jesusa Rodriguez, who attends South Bend’s St. Adalbert Catholic Church. Rodriguez said Rhoades got off to a good start with the diocese’s large and growing Spanish-speaking population. Rhoades delivered a portion of his homily in Spanish, making note of the fact that Tuesday was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“It was awesome that he talked about La Virgen de Guadalupe,” Rodriguez said. “That is very important in our culture.”
The Michiana Catholics who attended the installation also expressed admiration and love for the outgoing bishop, the Most Rev. John M. D’Arcy.
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