New Archbishop

We received word this morning that a new archbishop is soon to sit in the cathedra in my diocese. Bishop Michael Owen Jackels is a transfer from Wichita. That’s tradition, I suppose, for an archbishop to come already seasoned from heading a diocese. I suppose it was too much to hope that the Congregation of Bishops would begin vetting clergy from within an archdiocese.

The man appears to align well with the history here: Catholic education, which has always been a priority in northeast Iowa. He has pro-life cred. He was in the CDF for eight years, so that’s interesting. He’s also never been a parish pastor, but then again, neither was his fine predecessor. (Archbishop Hanus was a Benedictine abbot, however.)

Nice feature about him in The Wichita Eagle.

Rocco was teasing us about this at 1am local time–it was on his Twitter feed. Darn, doesn’t that guy ever sleep?

It will be nice to welcome our new archbishop. He probably won’t hit town in time for the young miss’s confirmation this Sunday.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to New Archbishop

  1. Liam says:

    Well, his co-consecrators were Bps Bruskewitz & Olmsted, and he was co-consecrator of Bp Conley, Bruskewitz’s successor.

    Remember, ternas for current vacancies were completed a long time ago….

    • Todd says:

      Bruskewitz would have been his ordinary before he went to Rome in ’97, and Olmsted was his immediate predecessor in Wichita.

      My main concern is always this: is the man a pastor? One can be a “closet” pastor working in the chancery.

      • Liam says:

        I am most interested to learn if Pope Francis is eager or skeptical when it comes to frequent transfers. We won’t be able to tell for a while, given that existing ternas – and nuncios and members of the Congregation of Bishops – are legacy holdovers that will continue to rudder things for a long while, unless the pope decides to be more muscular, which I would not assume he will.

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