WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has been installed at a Mass that drew about 950 people.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1lEuCSR ) Bishop Carl Kemme had lunch at the Lord’s Diner, which feeds the hungry, before Thursday’s ordination and installation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The 53-year-old clergyman was vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., when Pope Francis appointed him to the Kansas post in February. He replaces former Bishop Michael O. Jackels, who was appointed archbishop in Dubuque, Iowa, last year.
More than 20 other bishops attended Thursday’s installation, along with representatives from all parishes of the Wichita Diocese throughout southeast and south-central Kansas.
Kemme has given students and staff at Catholic schools Friday off for a day of praise and thanksgiving.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com