Dear People of the Diocese of Wichita,
On February 11, 2014, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, I learned that Pope Francis had chosen me,
unworthy and weak as I am, to be your new bishop. After recovering from the shock of this news, I accepted this appointment in humble obedience to the will of God. I gladly come to make my home with you and pledge to serve you with as much dedication, energy, and pastoral charity my body, mind, heart and soul can offer. Although naturally a bit apprehensive, I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my vocation.
I look forward to continuing the valuable work of my predecessors, especially Archbishop Michael Jackels,
all our priests, deacons and consecrated religious, the staff of our pastoral offices and the many men,
women and children serving everyday in this part of the Vineyard of the Lord. I am anxious to meet all of
you personally in my visits to your parishes, schools, and religious institutions. I have already been
impressed by what I have learned so far about you, notably, the long and inspiring tradition of stewardship
and the many seminarians currently in formation for the diocese of Wichita. These two signs alone speak
volumes of the vitality of the diocese I am coming to serve.
I humbly ask that you please pray for me as I prepare myself to begin my ministry as your bishop and as
your brother in the Lord. I want you to know that already I have been praying most earnestly for you.
In the love of Christ and his Immaculate Mother,
+ Bishop Elect Carl Kemme