A new face in spiritual leadership was appointed to the Salina Diocese
Catholics across the country came to celebrate the ordination of the 12th bishop of Salina, Gerald “Jerry” L. Vincke at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
The ordination was in context of a Mass.
Many catholics said they’re excited about the new bishop, who came to Kansas from the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.
His predecessor believes Vincke is a good fit for the area.
“He’s intelligent. He’s kind. He’s thoughtful,” Diocese Bishop of Tucson Edward Weisenburger said. “I think he’ll prove to a prudent, loving leader for north central and northwest Kansas.”
It is a big job. The Salina Diocese is one of only four in Kansas.
It has 86 parishes in 31 counties, serving more than 44,000 Catholics.
“He covers from just outside of Kansas City, the Manhattan area,” said Laura Foss from Sacred Heart in Plainville.
Yet the change in leadership comes at a troubling time, when the Catholic church is facing multiple sexual abuse scandals by priests.
“All of the things are deeply troubling and embarrassing,” Weisenburger said. “And they make me anxious and angry, as they do to many Catholics.”
Weisenburger said there’s no excuse for the recent scandals, but they’re not an accurate reputation of the church.
“I think the Catholic church will continue,” he said. “I think the truth will set us free to shine a bright light on all facts. Everything needs to be known. Everything needs to be clear, and I think every other organization will follow our suite.”
KSN tried reaching out to the Bishop, but he did not have time for an interview.
However, his family members said they’re excited for his mission here in Kansas.