The Diocese of Mendi has been served in the past by outstanding men and women: priests, Sisters, Brothers and committed lay men and women. The ministry of bishop is particularly important. The bishop is the chief pastor or shepherd of the diocese. He is charged with the primary responsibiity of preaching and teaching and building up the church. Following, you may learn about the previous bishops who served the Diocese of Mendi.
Stephen Reichert came to the Capuchins from a hearty farm family of four boys and three girls. He was the third child of Arnold and Louise Reichert of Leoville, Kansas. His brother Fred and wife are regular volunteers with the Capuchins at the Catholic Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The late Most Rev. Firmin Schmidt, OFM Cap., served as the First Bishop of the Diocese of Mendi.
Born Martin Schmidt on 12 October 1918, in Catherine, Kansas the son of Raymond J. and Sophia (Karlin) Schmidt, the bishop was preceded in death by seven brothers, Jerome, Constantine, Felix, Francis, Aloysius, Joseph and Severin, and one sister, Mary.