Michael Owen Jackels

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The Most Reverend
Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque
Church Catholic Church
See Dubuque
In office May 30, 2013–present
Predecessor Jerome Hanus OSB
Successor Incumbent
Other posts Bishop of Wichita (2005-2013)
Orders
Ordination May 30, 1981
by Glennon P. Flavin
Consecration April 4, 2005
by Joseph F. Naumann
Personal details
Born (1954-04-13) April 13, 1954 (age 61)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Alma mater
Motto Ecce Adsum (English: Here I am)
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Michael Owen Jackels (born April 13, 1954) is the twelfth bishop and tenth archbishop of Dubuque in the U.S. state of Iowa. He was previously the Bishop of Wichita in Kansas, replacing Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Jackels was ordained to the episcopate at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita on April 4, 2005.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on April 13, 1954, Jackels frequently moved as a child of a military family from Wyoming to Spain to California before settling in Nebraska to complete his secondary studies. As a young man he fell away from his faith becoming more of a Buddhist than anything else, but while working as dishwasher in a country club, a sincere Protestant gave him a copy of the New Testament, the reading of which reportedly brought him back to the Catholic faith. Prior to joining Kentucky's St. Pius X Seminary in 1975, Jackels attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jackels earned his B.A. in philosophy from St. Pius X in 1977. In 1981, he completed his Master's in Theology at Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.[1]

Priesthood[edit]

After completing his master's degree, Jackels was ordained a priest for the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska by Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin in 1981. His first assignment was serving as the associate pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, and he also served as a teacher at Pius X High School in Lincoln. From 1982 to 1985, Jackels was assigned to be the associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on the campus of the University of Nebraska, and in addition to his teaching duties at Pius X High School, he also served as the assistant vocations director for the diocese during this period.

In 1985, Jackels embarked on doctoral studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)[2] in Rome, earning his doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1989.[3] His dissertation was a study of St. Catherine of Siena.

Upon completion of his doctorate, Jackels returned to Lincoln and for the next eight years served as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education, the Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, the Co-Vicar for Religious, and the Chaplain for the School Sisters of Christ the King. In 1994, Pope John Paul II honored Jackels by naming him a Prelate of Honor, earning Jackels the title of Monsignor.[4]

Monsignor Jackels returned to Rome in 1997 to work for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He remained in Rome until Cardinal Ratzinger informed him of his appointment to become the bishop of Wichita in January, 2005.[5] Bishop Jackels was the second-to-last American bishop named by John Paul II to lead a diocese. Only Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin of Providence (on March 31) and Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois (on March 15) were appointed after Jackels by Pope John Paul II.

Episcopacy[edit]

On April 4, 2005, Jackels was consecrated as bishop by Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona served as co-consecrators. Among other bishops in attendance were Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, Kansas; Bishop Ronald Gilmore of Dodge City, Kansas; and Eugene Gerber, bishop emeritus of Wichita. Because of the size of the crowd in attendance and the small size of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Jackels' consecration took place at the larger Church of the Magdalen.

Bishop of Wichita[edit]

Bishop Jackels joined the other three Kansas bishops in approving a pastoral letter opposing embryonic stem cell research. He has spoken against same-sex marriage and abortion, as well. He also opposes the death penalty and has written in the diocesan newspaper, Advance, in favor of what he views as more just immigration laws. He also voted to approve language changes in the Mass to bring the English translation into a better accord with the original Latin at the June 2006 meetings of the USCCB in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

In areas outside of doctrine, he is active in promoting Catholic education, and helped to establish the Drexel Fund which calls for donations to help financially strapped Catholic schools within the diocese. The diocese has 48 seminarians, one of the highest numbers of seminarians per capita of diocesan Catholics in the United States.[citation needed]

On May 30, 2008, Jackels served as a co-consecrator to Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver, Colorado, who was a priest of the diocese of Wichita prior to his appointment on April 10, 2008.[6] Bishop Jackels joins young Catholics in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop of Dubuque[edit]

On April 8, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Jackels archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.[7] He was installed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, on May 30, 2013 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.[8]

References[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Wichita
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Carl A. Kemme
Preceded by
Jerome Hanus
Archbishop of Dubuque
2013–present
Incumbent