Bishop Carl A. Kemme


His Holiness, Pope Francis, named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. The appointment was announced Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Kemme was ordained to the fullness of the priesthood on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.



Coat of Arms


From the observer’s point of view, the left side of the shield represents the coat of arms of the Diocese of Wichita; the right side represents the personal coat of arms of Bishop Carl Alan Kemme.

The right side of the shield is in red, the color of love and of blood. It is the symbol of the infinite love of the Father who sent the Son to shed His blood for us in his supreme act of love. The chevron is an heraldic device best described as an inverted “V” and is one of the most ancient figures in heraldry. Frequently in Roman Catholic Church heraldry it signifies the rafter which holds the roof of the church, symbolic of protection. In addition, the golden chevron appears on the Kemme family’s coat of arms. The sheaf of wheat principally symbolizes the Eucharist, the presence of the Lord in the Eucharistic Bread which feeds our souls. It also recalls the farming character of the Midwest, the area from which Bishop Kemme comes. It is in gold, a precious metal, symbol of the first virtue, faith. Indeed, it is by faith that we believe in the Eucharistic mystery. The seven pointed star is a symbol of Our Blessed Mother. It is silver, a sign of transparency and of purity, the purity of the Virgin Mary to whom Bishop Kemme entrusts his pastoral service as Bishop of Wichita.



For his episcopal motto, Bishop Kemme chose the Latin word “HUMILITAS” (HUMILITY) which appears on the coat of arms of Saint Charles Borromeo, Cardinal Archbishop of Milan from 1566 to 1584, Bishop Kemme’s namesake.