WASHINGTON (January 7, 2004) -- Pope John Paul II has named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph F. Naumann of St. Louis as Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
A coadjutor arch/bishop enjoys the right of succession, which means he becomes head of the diocese upon the death or retirement of the incumbent bishop.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Joseph Naumann was born in St. Louis, June 4, 1949. He studied at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon Seminary College, and Kenrick Seminary.
He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on May 24, 1975.
Archbishop Naumann served as assistant pastor, St. Dominic Savio parish, Affton, 1975-1979, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Louis, 1979-1984, Director of the Pro-Life office and associate pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Louis, 1984-1989, and pastor of Ascension parish, Normandy, 1989-1994.
He was named Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1994 and was serving in that capacity when he was appointed Titular Bishop of Capocilla and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, July 9, 1997.
The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas comprises 21 counties in northeast Kansas. It has a Catholic population of 200,000 in a total population of nearly 1.2 million.
Most Reverend James P. Keleher was appointed Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas on September 8, 1993.