KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will officially welcome a new bishop Wednesday.
Bishop James Johnston will take over for Bishop Robert Finn who resigned in April after his 2012 conviction for not reporting a priest for taking pornographic pictures of children.
Bishop Johnston will leave his last assignment as bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau to become the 7th bishop of the diocese.
The pope announced Johnston's assignment in September. Johnston is being described as a bridge.
"I believe that the diocese still has a great need for some healing," Bishop Johnston said. "But I also believe the one that truly heals is Jesus. I see my role as the Bishop a sort of being a physician's assistant. To be the person that facilitates some of that healing."
The installation mass takes place at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception at 12th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City.