Wichita priest named bishop of Dodge City, Kansas
Here’s the news from the Diocese of Wichita’s Catholic Advance:
Pope Benedict XVI announced Wednesday that he has appointed the Rev. John B. Brungardt of Wichita as the sixth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
Bishop-elect Brungardt is currently pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist Church in St. Mark and chancellor of the Diocese of Wichita. He will succeed the retiring Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, a former priest of the Diocese of Wichita, who has served the Diocese of Dodge City since July of 1998.
“I am humbled by Pope Benedict XVI’s appointment of me as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City,” Bishop-elect Brungardt said Wednesday morning at a press conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City.
“With trust in God, I hope to be a good shepherd to the people of southwest Kansas, from Odin to Elkhart, from Tribune to Kiowa. Building on the foundation of Bishop Gilmore and his predecessors, the priests, religious, and laity, I hope to carry on the mission of spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to the people of the diocese.”
The Most Reverend Michael O. Jackels, bishop of the Diocese of Wichita said Pope Benedict XVI “really knows how to pick them, for he has chosen one of the exemplary priests of the Diocese of Wichita.”
“We are happy to share with others God’s gifts to us, but we will still feel the loss; we will miss him and his ministry. The people of southwestern Kansas are getting one of our best, a real gem of a priest.”
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