Joseph Fred Naumann

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Joseph Fred Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
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Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Kansas City in Kansas
Appointed January 7, 2004
Installed January 15, 2005
Predecessor James Patrick Keleher
Ordination May 24, 1975
by John Joseph Carberry
Consecration September 3, 1997
by Justin F. Rigali, Edward Joseph O'Donnell, and Edward Braxton
Personal details
Born (1949-06-06) June 6, 1949 (age 69)
St. Louis, Missouri
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
Alma mater
Styles of
Joseph Fred Naumann
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Archbishop
Ordination history of
Joseph Fred Naumann
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Justin F. Rigali
Date of consecration September 3, 1997
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Joseph Fred Naumann as principal consecrator
Michael O. Jackels April 4, 2005
John B. Brungardt February 2, 2011
Edward J. Weisenburger May 1, 2012
Carl A. Kemme May 1, 2014

Joseph Fred Naumann (born June 4, 1949) is an American Roman Catholic bishop. He serves as the fourth and current Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas. He served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri until November 4, 2015, following the April 2015 resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn.

Life and Church[edit]

Naumann was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Fred and Louise (née Lukens) Naumann. He graduated from St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in 1967 and from Cardinal Glennon College in 1971. After serving as a deacon in Florissant and completing his theological studies at Kenrick Seminary in 1975, Naumann was ordained to the priesthood on May 24 of that same year, for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

He then served as an associate pastor of St. Dominic Savio Parish in Affton until 1979, and of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in St. Louis until 1984. From 1984 to 1989, Naumann was a part-time curate at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in St. Louis, while working as Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee as well until 1995. He was later pastor of Ascension Parish in Normandy (1989-1994) and vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (1994-2003).

On July 8, 1997, Naumann was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla by Pope John Paul II. He received episcopal consecration on the following September 3 from Archbishop Justin Rigali, with Bishops Edward O'Donnell and Edward Braxton serving as co-consecrators.

Naumann, after becoming Apostolic Administrator of St. Louis in October 2003, was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas on January 7, 2004, serving under Archbishop James Keleher. He later succeeded Archbishop Keleher as Archbishop of Kansas City upon the latter’s resignation on January 15, 2005.

The Archbishop sits on the committees on Pro-Life and on Communications within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents for Conception Seminary. He is also Chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

On April 21, 2015, Naumann was also appointed Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kansas City–Saint Joseph.[1]

He was elected chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops's Committee on Pro-Life Activities on November 14, 2017.[2]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Patrick Keleher
Archbishop of Kansas City
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis
Succeeded by