Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

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Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Archidioecesis Kansanopolitana in Kansas
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.svg
Country United States
Territory 21 Counties in Northeast Kansas
Ecclesiastical province Kansas City in Kansas
Area 12,524 sq mi (32,440 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
in 2011: 205,531 (16.8%)
Parishes 120
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established May 22, 1877 as the Diocese of Leavenworth; May 10, 1947 as the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Peter
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
St. John Mary Vianney
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann
Emeritus Bishops James Patrick Keleher
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Ecclesiastical Province of Kansas City

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas (Latin: Archidioecesis Kansanopolitana in Kansas) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America.[1]

The Archdiocese comprises the following twenty-one counties of the US State of Kansas:[1]

The archbishop's episcopal seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Archdiocese has a growing population of Hispanic Catholics.[citation needed] Currently, over half of all Catholics in the Archdiocese reside in Johnson County, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.[citation needed]


The archdiocese was originally established as the Vicariate Apostolic of Indian Territory East of the Rocky Mountains on July 19, 1850 by Pope Pius IX. It was composed of the present day states of Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. It lost territory and its name was changed to the Vicariate Apostolic of Kansas in 1857. The vicariate was elevated to the Diocese of Leavenworth by Pope Leo XIII on May 22, 1877. It lost territory in 1887 when the dioceses of Concordia and Wichita were created, and in 1897 when several counties were moved to Concordia. The name of the diocese was changed to the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas on May 10, 1947 by Pope Pius XII. All of these jurisdictions were in the Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Louis.[1]

The Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas was elevated to an archdiocese by Pius XII on August 9, 1952. The province encompasses the entire state of Kansas and has three suffragan sees, the dioceses of Dodge City, Salina (formerly Concordia) and Wichita.[1]

Past and Present Ordinaries[edit]

Vicars Apostolic of Indian Territory East of the Rocky Mountains [1]
  • John Baptiste Miège, S.J. (appointed on July 23, 1850 – appointed Vicar Apostolic of Kansas in 1857)
Vicars Apostolic of Kansas [1]
  • John Baptiste Miège, S.J. (appointed in 1857 – resigned on November 18, 1874)
  • Louis Mary Fink, O.S.B. (succeeded on November 18, 1874 – appointed Bishop of Leavenworth on May 22, 1877)
Bishops of Leavenworth, Kansas [1]
Bishops of Kansas City in Kansas [1]
  • George Joseph Donnelly (appointed on May 10, 1947 – died in office on December 13, 1950)
  • Edward Joseph Hunkeler (appointed on March 31, 1951 – appointed Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas on August 9, 1952)
Archbishops of Kansas City in Kansas [1]
  • Edward Joseph Hunkeler (appointed on August 9, 1952 – retired on September 4, 1969)
  • Ignatius Jerome Strecker (appointed September 4, 1969 – retired on June 28, 1993)
  • James Patrick Keleher (appointed June 28, 1993 – resigned on January 15, 2005)
  • Joseph Fred Naumann (present archbishop, succeeded on January 15, 2005)

High schools[edit]

* Primary sponsorship comes from Saint Benedict's Abbey and Mount St. Scholastica Monastery.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 December 2011. [self-published source]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°07′38″N 94°52′27″W / 39.12722°N 94.87417°W / 39.12722; -94.87417