Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., announced Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend as its commencement speaker, according to the University’s website.
Bishop Rhoades, who served as a professor and then rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary from 1995-2004, will address the University’s graduating class of 2014 on May 11. The University reports:
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.
[The] 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.
Mount St. Mary’s University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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