Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, a Shumway native and vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, was appointed by Pope Francis to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kan.
Kemme, who will succeed now-Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, said he was humbled by the appointment.
“To be a bishop in the church has never been something I have sought or dreamed possible,” he said. “I have accepted this assignment relying solely on God’s grace and mercy to help me fulfill the lofty responsibilities of this office.”
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Springfield diocese said Kemme’s devotion and service to the church is well known.
“Pope Francis has recognized the gifts and talents of Monsignor Carl Kemme and has chosen wisely in selecting him to be the Bishop of Witchita,” Paprocki said. “His parents, family, friends, fellow clergy and I have known for many years that Bishop-elect Kemme is a man of deep faith and love for the Lord and the people of God.”
Kemme was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. He has served as the parochial vicar in Decatur, Colinsville and Sprinfield and has served as Pastor in Brussels, Meppen, Battchtown, Decatur, Petersburg and Sherman.
In 2002 he was appointed vicar general/moderator of the curia and also served as diocesan chancellar for six months in 2005. From 2009 to 2010, Kemme served as diocesan administrator beforee serving as cicar general moderator of the curia for BIshop Paprocki in Springfield.