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 Nauman's News columns

ABN The Leaven

Archbishop issues statement on COVID-19 & vaccine mandates

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I write, first of all, to express my love and concern for all of you as the COVID-19 virus …

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ABN The Leaven

The long-term health of our society depends on strong marriages

by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

In late September, I attended a gathering of the FOCUS alumni living in the Kansas City metro area.

FOCUS is an acronym for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the Gospel of Jesus with college and university students, equipping them for a lifetime of Christ- centered evangelization, discipleship and friendship.

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ABN The Leaven

Synodality is listening to the Lord speak through one another

By Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

This past Sunday (Oct. 10), Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the beginning of the preparations for a Synod of Bishops on Synodality scheduled to be held in October 2023.

The actual title for the synod is: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Every bishop in the world has been asked to kick off the synodal process in his diocese this Sunday, Oct. 17. 

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USCCB Committee chairman on pro-life activities

2021 Respect for Life Month Statement

Statement of Respect for Life Month from Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities The month of October brings with it our annual

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The Shepherd's Voice

Radio Show and Podcast
Archbishop Joseph Naumann teaches the Catholic Faith by Interviewing those who live it.

Archbishop Naumann interviews Ruth Tisdale, the executive director of Advice and Aid pregnancy resource centers.  They discuss the issue of abortion, and how these centers help women in crisis pregnancies with information and support; and dispel some common myths about pregnancy resource centers.

Archbishop Naumann dialogues with Vince Anch, Executive Director of the Catholic Education Foundation and their upcoming gala event that celebrates the heroism of our Catholic school teachers: Gaudeamus which happens Saturday, October 23rd.

Archbishop Naumann dialogues with Marco Casanova, of Desert Stream Ministries about the Living Waters program.

“Living Waters provides a thoughtful and safe place to look at the ways we’ve become ensnared. Through weekly times of worship, teaching and small group prayer, our program leaders walk with participants in their struggle so they can live in freedom and truth. We pray for God’s healing to restore broken areas of life so that people can “love well” as God intended.

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