Bishop Rhoades was appointed the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend on Nov. 14, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI, and installed on Jan. 13, 2010, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne.
While serving as Bishop of Harrisburg, Bishop Rhoades served as President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and on the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Seminary, the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary and the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Presently (as of May 2011), Bishop Rhoades serves as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Task Force on Health Care and as Chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. He serves as a member of the Administrative Committee of the USCCB, the National Advisory Council, the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism. He also continues to serves as Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Theology of the Body Institute, the Episcopal Cabinet of Catholic Charities USA, the Bishops’ Advisory Council of the Institute for Priestly Formation, the Advisory Board of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and the Advisory Board of the Augustine Institute.
On the international level, Bishop Rhoades serves as Catholic Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Reformed Theological Dialogue on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.