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Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore


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Biography of Most Rev.

Ronald M. Gilmore

Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore was born on April 23, 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He attended St. Mary's Elementary School from 1947 to 1956; St. Mary's High School from 1956 to 1959, and gradated from St. John Vianney High School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1960.

He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, MO from 1960 to 1962. From 1962 to 1963, he worked for Catholic Social Service in Wichita in the Cuban Refugee Program. He worked with approximately 20 Cuban boys at what was then called Mariana House.

He attended the University of Ottawa in Canada from 1963 to 1969. He received two degrees in Philosophy, a B.A. and a B.Ph. and three degrees in Theology.

On June 7, 1969, Father Ronald M. Gilmore was ordained to the priesthood.

His first pastoral assignment was at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Wichita. From 1971 to early 1973, he then returned to Canada for doctoral studies in Theology.

In 1973, he was assigned to the Passionist Monastery in St. Paul, KS, doing weekend supply work in various parishes.

He was assigned to the Church of the Magdalen, Wichita, from 1973-1975 and he also worked in the Chancery Office as the Assistant Chancellor.

From 1975-1981 he was assigned to St. Teresa Parish, Hutchinson. During this time his primary duties were at Trinity High School where he worked as chaplain and teacher of religion, and at Holy Family Center, Wichita, where he acted as Chairman of the Executive Committee and as a teacher of religion.

He was appointed administrator of St. Agnes Church, Castleton, from August 1981 to June 1982.

In June of 1982, he was appointed the first pastor of the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on the west edge of Wichita.

He was appointed chancellor in August of 1983 and was appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in June of 1988.

In May 1998, he was elevated to the rank of monsignor.

He was ordained and installed as the fifth Bishop of Dodge City on July 16, 1998.


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