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.)
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.