Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita
424 N. Broadway
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, 67202
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita is a Roman Catholic diocese in Kansas.
It covers Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties in south central and southeast Kansas. The diocese is home to 112,549 Catholics in 90 parishes. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
Within the first couple of decades of the 1900s the Catholic population reached 32,000 parishioners and 97 parishes had been constructed--most with schools. Bishop Hennessy built a new Cathedral, honoring Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which was dedicated in September 1912, the jubilee year of the diocese. In 1951 the western part of the Diocese of Wichita was split off and a new Diocese of Dodge City was formed, which left the Diocese of Wichita with its present boundaries.
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita was cited by Fordham Institute as one of six best examples in the United States because of being the only diocesan school system in the country where every grade school and high school is financed by parish stewardship, rather than tuition, for active parish families. In addition, parishes and dioceses across the United States travel to Wichita to study the success of the diocesan Catholic schools.
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