The Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann was installed as the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on January 15, 2005.
His chosen episcopal motto is, “Vitae Victoria Erit” (Life will be Victorious). Archbishop Naumann has championed the cause for the right to life throughout his ministry. He seeks to lead his flock in upholding and promoting the immense dignity of every human person from conception to natural death.
Through education and evangelization, Archbishop Naumann seeks to facilitate opportunities for encounters with the person of Jesus Christ, winning disciples that will live the Joy of the Gospel and lead others to Christ by the fruit of their lives.
Archbishop Naumann was born on June 4, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1975, and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis/Titular Bishop of Caput Cilla on September 3, 1997. He was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas on January 7, 2004, and assumed responsibilities as Archbishop on January 15, 2005.
Archbishop Naumann's Coat of Arms
- For families, that the Advent and Christmas seasons will be a time of joy and peace.
- As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, that our Lord will bring peace to our world, especially in Ukraine.
- For those estranged from family, that our Lord will bring healing and reconciliation.
- That the commemoration of the birth of Jesus may inspire many to return to the practice of their Catholic faith.
- For the building of a Culture of Life where the sanctity of every human life and the dignity of every human person are respected and cherished.
- For an end to all forms of bigotry and racial discrimination.
- For a peaceful end to the war of Russian aggression against the Ukraine.
- For Christian unity where the prayer of Jesus is fulfilled: “That they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” (John 17:21)