The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has been waiting for your arrival, and we are thrilled to have you as our shepherd.
By Dan Powers, CEO, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
When you get settled, you will find a very welcoming and loving diocese. You will find a diocese where people care about the poor and marginalized. You will also find a Catholic Charities agency dedicated to serving those same poor and marginalized and working to help transform their lives and our community.
Catholic Charities has served this diocese for 136 years. We have recently taken Mother Teresa as our patroness and modeled our Welcome Center after her loving ministry. When your schedule permits, we invite you to come and be part of this innovative care for those who come to our doors. We remember that Our Savior tells us: “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.”
Our model of service is inspired by the Gospel of Mark and the story of the blind beggar Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus had a great desire to meet Jesus and to be able to see, but the crowds tried to keep him away. Like people of Jesus’ time, society sometimes wants our clients to be quiet and go away. We advocate for them and guide them on their journey as we hear Jesus’ words, “Call him.” And like the disciples, we tell our clients, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.’”
Catholic Charities also sees itself in the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke’s Gospel. We know that Our Lord is the model for the Good Samaritan, but in the story he relies on the help of the innkeeper. He turns the ailing man over to him and says, “Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.” At Catholic Charities in Kansas City-St. Joseph, we have been repaid many times over by our generous donors and volunteers.
You are moving to a diocese with great love for neighbor, stranger, and the poor. We are so happy to have you join us on the journey with Christ and to Christ. Welcome, Bishop Johnston!