New Wichita bishop to be ordained Thursday

07/10/2014 2:42 PM

07/10/2014 2:42 PM

The Rev. Carl Kemme will be ordained as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita at a Mass on Thursday afternoon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Wichita.

Pope Francis appointed Kemme as the 11th bishop of Wichita on Feb. 20. Kemme was vicar general and moderator of the curia for his home diocese of Springfield, Ill., at the time.

He will replace Michael Jackels, who was named archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa, more than a year ago.

After being ordained a priest in 1986, Kemme served as a pastor for years in Springfield, Ill., then was named to administrative roles there.

Nearly 1,000 invited guests are expected for the Mass, including Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago. The Mass will be streamed live on the diocesan website, catholicdioceseofwichita.org, and on CatholicTV.com at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The public is invited to a Mass offered by Kemme at 9 a.m. Friday at the cathedral.

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