Discover the Diocese of Wichita

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita (LatinDioecesis Wichitensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Kansas. It was founded on August 2, 1887, by Pope Leo XIII from the Diocese of Leavenworth (now Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas) and 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.

Bishops of the diocese

Bishops of Wichita

On February 20, 2014, Pope Francis named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, then serving as the vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as the 11th bishop of Wichita. His episcopal consecration is scheduled for May 1, 2014.

Bishops who were once priests in the Diocese of Wichita

Notable people


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.[citation needed]

High schools


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