Plans being finalized for the May 1 ordination, installation

Three events are planned for the ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Carl A. Kemme.

The ordination and installation will be livestreamed at the diocesan website, CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1. It will also be broadcast live on EWTN, CatholicTV.com and KSCW-TV Channel 5 in Wichita. Vespers, or evening prayer, will be prayed the evening before, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. A Mass, open to the public, is planned for 9 a.m. Friday, May 2. It will be the first Mass to be celebrated by Bishop-elect Kemme, after his ordination to the episcopate.

Monsignor Kemme, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., was appointed Feb. 11 by Pope Francis to be the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Wichita. He succeeds Bishop Michael O. Jackels, who was appointed as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, last April.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was chosen as the location for both ceremonies to give gratitude for the great gift of the people in the diocese who made sacrificial gifts to the TOGETHER Vision to renovate the Cathedral campus. The site is a sign of the strength and unity of the local church.

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Please keep Bishop-elect Kemme in your prayers!