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Springfield-Cape Girardeau bishop reappointed to Kansas City area

(Source:  Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese) (Source: Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese)

Pope Francis appointed Springfield-Cape Girardeau Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. as 7th Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Johnston has spent the last seven years administering the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.

He will officially move to his new position on November 4.

Johnston is a native of Knoxville, Tn. 

In 1982, he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In 1985 Johnston began studying for priesthood at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. He obtained his Master of Divinity Degree there in 1990 and was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Knoxville on June 9, 1990.

Johnston earned a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1996.

During his time serving the Springfield-Cape Girardeau area, he successfully encouraged vocations to the priesthood, helped establish Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and supported the Catholic Worker Movement.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, the Apostolic Administrator of Kansas City, will introduce Bishop Johnston to the Chancery Staff in Kansas City.

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