The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly was ordained a bishop before a capacity crowd on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. More than a thousand people filled the cathedral to capacity for the event including Bishop Kelly’s family, friends and former parishioners. Bishops from throughout Texas and the Southwest along with hundreds of priests, deacons, nuns, and religious brothers participated in the joyful event.
Pope Francis announced on December 16, 2015 that he was naming the then-Monsignor Gregory Kelly as a bishop and assigned him to serve as an auxiliary or assistant bishop for the Dallas diocese. At a news conference celebrating the announcement, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell welcomed the 59-year old Kelly as his new brother bishop. “I am extremely grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for appointing such an outstanding priest as Greg Kelly to serve as a bishop in our diocese. Bishop Kelly is extremely well-respected by priests and parishioners alike. I congratulate him as begins this new chapter in his priestly ministry.”
Bishop-elect Kelly expressed his gratitude and asked the community for prayers. “I am grateful to the Holy Father, whom I greatly admire, for this appointment and I look forward to serving the people of the Diocese of Dallas as a bishop and working with Bishop Farrell and Bishop Doug Deshotel in this new capacity. I am confident that God’s grace to do this job comes with this call, but ask that you please pray for me.”
Bishop Kelly has been a priest in the Dallas diocese for nearly 34 years. Born in Le Mars, Iowa to John and Marilean Kelly, the new bishop, one of five children, grew up in Colorado and came to North Texas in 1976 as a student at the University of Dallas and seminarian at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving. He will now join Bishop Farrell and Auxiliary Bishop Douglas Deshotel (pronounced Des-hotel) in ministering to an ever-growing flock of 1.3 million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas.