Wichita Catholic school students and teachers will have a day off May 2 to celebrate the ordination of a new bishop.
Bishop-elect Carl Kemme, who was appointed Feb. 11 by Pope Francis to be the 11th bishop of Wichita, declared in a letter to Diocese of Wichita families last week that May 2 will be a “Diocesan Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”
“I want to call our entire diocesan family to thank God on this day that the flock has received a new shepherd and the shepherd a new flock,” Kemme wrote.
In commemoration of the day, Kemme ordered all Catholic schools and Chancery offices to be closed May 2. Teachers and other staff and personnel will get a paid day off.
Kemme will be ordained as bishop in a ceremony May 1. His first public Mass as bishop is planned for 9 a.m. May 2 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N. Broadway.