Bishop Rhoades will speak about the role of architects in service to the Church and the liturgy in light of the teaching of Vatican II and the instruction of the Roman Missal, that sacred buildings “should be truly worthy and beautiful and be signs and symbols of heavenly realities.” He will look at how sacred architecture helps us in prayer and the liturgy to lift our minds and hearts to the Lord as well as the great need in today’s culture for churches that serve Catholic worship and truly convey a sense of the sacred.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades is the son of the late Charles and the late Mary Rhoades, born in 1957. He studied philosophy, theology, Spanish, dogmatic theology and canon law. He was ordained a priest on July 9, 1983 and served in Spanish-speaking apostolates, as Assistant Chancellor, and Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Harrisburg, all in the Diocese of Harrisburg. He served as a professor and then rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1995 to 2004. He was ordained a Bishop in 2004 and became Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Bishop Rhoades was installed as the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend on January 13, 2010, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Bishop is active on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including serving as member and past Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. He also serves as a member of the Administrative Committee of the USCCB. He continues to serve as Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf. Bishop Rhoades serves as Catholic Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Reformed Theological Dialogue on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Our Sunday Visitor.