Feasibility study to begin in January

Bishop Carl A. Kemme

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past several years, my leadership team and I, consulting with many along the way, have been praying and considering how the Diocesan Pastoral Plan might identify areas of need and opportunity across the diocese. Our mission statement, “Go forth faithfully to preach the Gospel to all God’s children and to evangelize today’s culture,” should lead us to a deeper appreciation of discipleship-based stewardship, formation in evangelization, and renewal of parish and family life.

I am pleased to announce that, through this discernment process, several projects have been identified that could help us to promote and live these values. These projects include new ways to support our Catholic school teachers, the formation of youth and family life, and important work needed on our Cathedral dome. These projects are now ready for me to present as possible elements of a diocesan capital campaign. Your feedback is vital to me as we consider the possibility of moving forward with these projects.

Beginning in January 2023, the Diocese of Wichita will begin a feasibility study that will run through early spring. The study is specifically designed to determine the feasibility of conducting a capital campaign to fund these proposed projects.

In order to conduct the feasibility study, we have contracted with the Steier Group, a national Catholic fundraising and development firm based in Omaha, Nebraska.
In January, I will share more detailed information about each of the proposed projects. Everyone in the diocese will be invited to participate, either by a brief interview or by completing a mailed or online questionnaire.

Please join me in praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit during this time of discernment. I remain,
Humbly Yours in Christ,

+The Most Rev. Carl A. Kemme, D.D., Bishop of Wichita