Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, D.D.
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ecclesial Province of Kansas
January 15, 2005
“I ask for your prayers that I might be a good and wise Shepherd of the Catholic community of Northeast Kansas. I believe that it is my responsibility to lead by example. I pray that I might live my life as a bishop with integrity, zeal and joy so that you will strive to live your Catholic faith with integrity, zeal and joy. My hope is that with God’s grace that we can become more and more the Church Jesus has called us to be. It is my conviction if we proclaim faithfully the truth of the Gospel while radiating the authentic hope and joy that is the natural consequence of knowing and following Jesus, then our lives will draw others to desire the source of our hope and our joy. We will succeed in giving others the greatest gift possible – faith and life in Jesus Christ.”
(Archbishop Naumann’s remarks at Cathedral of St. Peter, January 16, 2005)
Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
Born: June 4, 1949
Parents: Fred Naumann and Louise (Lukens) Naumann
St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South – Graduated 1967
Charter member – Justin A. Nelle Chapter/National Honor Society
Cardinal Glennon College – Graduated 1971
Kenrick Seminary – Completed theological studies 1975
May 24, 1975 Ordained to Priesthood
1974-1975 Transitional Deacon – St. Christopher’s Parish, Florissant, Missouri
1975-1979 Associate Pastor – St. Dominic Savio Parish, Affton, MO
1979-1984 Associate Pastor – Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, St. Louis
1984-1989 Part-time Associate Pastor – Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Louis
1984-1995 Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee
1989-1994 Pastor – Ascension Parish, Normandy, MO
1994-2003 Vicar General, Archdiocese of St. Louis
September 3, 1997 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis/Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla
October, 2003 Appointed Administrator of Archdiocese of St. Louis
January 7, 2004 Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas
January 15, 2005 Assumed responsibilities of the 4th Archbishop and 11th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas
Chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference
U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Committee on Pro-Life
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Committee on Marriage and Family Life
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees
The Office of Bishop
Christ Himself is the source of ministry in the Church. He established His Church to act with His authority and to carry out His saving mission until the end of time. Christ built this Church on the foundation of the apostles and their successors (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:20; CCC 857, 874).
The Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas is the shepherd of the Catholic Church in northeastern Kansas. His threefold mission is to:
(1) Teach. As a successor of the apostles endowed with the authority of Christ, the Archbishop has as his first task the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men and women.
(2) Sanctify. Having received the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Archbishop helps the faithful to grow in holiness through the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and through his prayers, example, and humble service.
(3) Govern. The Archbishop is responsible for the governance of the Church in Kansas City, Kansas. His God-given authority is a spiritual fatherhood that beckons him to show concern and compassion to all. His authority is exercised in communion with the whole Church under the guidance of the Pope.
The Archbishop's role in the Archdiocese
An archdiocese is the principal diocese in a territory or region. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is the principal diocese in Kansas, encompassing 21 counties in the northeast portion of the state. The pastor of an archdiocese is an archbishop. An archbishop has received episcopal ordination like any other bishop, but has also been given a pallium—a circular band of white wool with pendants in front and back—which symbolizes the added pastoral responsibility given to an archbishop. The Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas not only is the shepherd of the Archdiocese, but also has some limited supervisory authority with respect to other dioceses in the state, which together form the ecclesiastical province of Kansas City.