The theme of the 2017 Annual Bishop's Appeal , "One Body in Christ" comes from St. Paul to the Romans, "We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another" (Romans 12:5). We support the Body of Christ through our charitable actions. The Annual Bishop's Appeal supports the ministries, programs and services of the Church throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend.
A message from Bishop Rhoades
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:5). These words of Saint Paul remind us of our unity in Christ and our unity with one another as a result of this union with Christ.
In this year’s Annual Bishop’s Appeal, I invite you to reflect on our identity and mission as the Body of Christ. Our diocese is enriched by the diversity of our members, faithful of different races and cultures, ethnicities and languages. I see diverse communities and ministries throughout our wonderful diocese and the many diverse gifts that contribute to the welfare of the Church. At the same time, there is a beautiful unity in this diversity, our unity in the faith we have received from the Apostles and our unity in the love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
The Bishop’s Appeal supports the diverse ministries, apostolates, and services of the Church in our diocese. At the same time, it promotes our unity in supporting the Church’s works of evangelization, education, pastoral care, and charity. Through your generosity in the Bishop’s Appeal, you are supporting and expressing your love for Christ and one another and our unity as one body in Christ.
The most beautiful visible expression of our unity is our worship of God together in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we receive the Body of Christ and are taken up into communion with Him and with one another. Holy Communion strengthens us for our mission as the Body of Christ in this portion of God’s vineyard.
Thank you for your generosity. May Christ our Head bless you, the members of His Body, with His abundant love and grace!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend