WASHINGTON (May 11, 1998) -- Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Stanley G. Schlarman of Dodge City, Kansas, and appointed Monsignor Ronald M. Gilmore, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in the Diocese of Wichita, as his successor.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Ronald W. Gilmore was born in Wichita, April 23, 1942.
He studied at Conception Seminary, the University Seminary, Ottawa, where he received a Master's degree in Theology, and St. Paul University, Ottawa, where he earned a licentiate in Mystical Theology.
Bishop-designate Gilmore was ordained a priest of the Wichita diocese on June 7, 1969.
From 1969 to 1983 he was pastor or administrator of several parishes in the diocese of Wichita. In 1983 Bishop-designate Gilmore was named founding pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Wichita, Director of Vocations and Vicar for Pastoral Planning and Services, and Chancellor, a post he held until 1988. In that year he was named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.
Bishop-designate Gilmore has also been Chaplain of Holy Family Center and Catholic Care Center of Wichita.
Stanley Girard Schlarman was born in Belleville, Illinois, July 27, 1933. He attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Belleville, St. Henry Seminary there, and the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in Rome on July 13, 1958.
After ordination, Bishop Schlarman earned a Master of Education degree at St. Louis University.
As a priest of the Belleville diocese, Bishop Schlarman spent 16 years in high school work, including service as teacher, guidance counselor, and principal. He was director of Latin School Seminary for two years, a hospital chaplain, teacher of retarded children, and assistant pastor.
Bishop Schlarman was founding director of the Teens Encounter Christ program in the diocese of Belleville, a member of the diocesan mediation board, the Priests Personnel Board, and the Senate of Priests.
Named Auxiliary Bishop of Belleville on March 12, 1979, Bishop Schlarman was appointed Bishop of Dodge City on March 1, 1983.
Established in 1951, the Diocese of Dodge City comprises 23,000 square miles of the State of Kansas. It has approximately 44,500 Catholics in a total population of 212,000.