WICHITA, Kansas – Hundreds of Catholics gathered to witness Father Carl Kemme ordained as bishop of the Diocese of Wichita Thursday.
Pope Francis appointed him to the position back in February, and he officially became bishop in a mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Wichita.
Dozens of other church leaders were present for Thursday’s ceremony and shared their hope as Kemme stepped into this new role.
Kemme becomes the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Wichita.
He previously served as vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.
Kemme succeeds now-Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, who in April 2013, was named head of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.
Kemme was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1986, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois.