Pope Francis has named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan. The appointment was announced Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Kemme humbly announced, “On Feb. 11, 2014, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, I learned that Pope Francis had chosen me, unworthy and weak as I am, to be your new bishop.”
Kemme said in response, “After recovering from the shock of this news, I accepted this appointment in humble obedience to the will of God. I gladly come to make my home with you and pledge to serve you with as much dedication, energy, and pastoral charity my body, mind, heart and soul can offer. ”
Kemme is to be ordained bishop of Wichita on May 1.
Kemme concluded by saying, “I humbly ask that you please pray for me as I prepare myself to begin my ministry as your bishop and as your brother in the Lord. I want you to know that already I have been praying most earnestly for you.”
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