Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita

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Diocese of Wichita
Dioecesis Wichitensis
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Country United States
Territory 25 counties in Southeast Kansas
Ecclesiastical province Kansas City in Kansas
Metropolitan Joseph Fred Naumann
Area 20,021 sq mi (51,850 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
120,527 (12.8%)
Parishes 90
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 2, 1887 (128 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Carl A. Kemme
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 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. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Logo of the Diocese of Wichita


The diocese was established on August 2, 1887 from territory taken from the Diocese of Leavenworth, now the Archdiocese of Kansas City, by Pope Leo XIII. It lost territory in 1951 when the Diocese of Dodge City was established.[1][2]

Bishops of the diocese[edit]

Bishops of Wichita[edit]

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.[3]

High schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Wichita". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Wichita". Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ Tim Drake (2012-08-21). "Catholic Education, Stewardship Thriving in Wichita". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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