Statement to the Diocese from Bishop James V. JohnstonBy: Bishop James V. Johnston Jr.
September 15, 2015
This morning in Rome, Pope Francis announced that he has appointed me to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. I have accepted his appointment, trusting in the love of Jesus Christ and God’s mysterious providence. In doing so, I cannot deny my sadness at the prospect of departing the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. These 7 ½ years as your bishop have been some of the happiest of my life. I love all of you and will always love this great diocese.
My installation in Kansas City is set for November 4, 2015. I will serve as the diocesan administrator here, until that date, after which a diocesan administrator will be elected by the diocesan college of consultors.
None of us can totally plan out our lives. I trust in God’s plans for me and the Church and am confident that “all things work together for the good for those that love God” (Rom 8:28). I am eager to serve the people of northwest Missouri as best I can as their new shepherd. I ask you to pray for me, and for the Dioceses of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr.