Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita

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Diocese of Wichita
Dioecesis Wichitensis
Country United States
Territory 25 counties in Southeast Kansas
Ecclesiastical province Province of Kansas City in Kansas
Metropolitan Joseph Fred Naumann
- Catholics

120,527 (12.8%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 2, 1887
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
Emeritus Bishops Eugene John Gerber
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita (Latin: Dioecesis Wichitensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Kansas. It was founded on August 2, 1887, by Pope Leo XIII from the Diocese of Leavenworth (now Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas) and covers Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties in south central and southeast Kansas. The diocese is home to 120,527 Catholics in 91 parishes.

Bishops of the diocese[edit]

Bishops of Wichita[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Pope Francis named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, then serving as the vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as the 11th bishop of Wichita. His episcopal consecration is scheduled for May 1, 2014.[1]

Bishops who were once priests in the Diocese of Wichita[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Emil Kapaun (1916–1951), Roman Catholic priest, Army chaplain, and candidate for canonization


The Wichita Diocese offers a tuition-free Catholic education to Catholic families, with only a registration fee required because the majority of registered parishioners tithe 8% to their respective church thereby covering the cost of tuition.[citation needed]

High schools[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope names new bishop for Wichita Catholic Diocese"Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 20 February 2014

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Coordinates: 37°41′32″N 97°20′14″W / 37.69222°N 97.33722°W / 37.69222; -97.33722