‘A good shepherd:’ Archbishop Jackels installed in Dubuque


By Dan Russo

Archbishop Michael Jackels delivers the homily at his installation Mass on May 30 at Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. He is chief pastor of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.

DUBUQUE — On the 32nd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Archbishop Michael Jackels was installed May 30 as the new chief pastor of the 175-year-old Dubuque Archdiocese.
After the 59-year-old took a seat in the center of the sanctuary at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, retiring Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, bowed to his successor, the 10th archbishop to hold the post. An assembly of about 1,200 people erupted in applause.
“Let him be a good shepherd who knows his sheep and whose sheep know him,” Apostolic Nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano said shortly before handing the new archbishop a crosier originally used by Mathias Loras, D.D., the first bishop of Dubuque, who was appointed in 1837.

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Archbishop Michael Jackels, center, presides at his installation Mass on May 30 at Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa. Concelebrants are from left, Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Sioux City Diocese; Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano; Archbishop Jackels; Bishop Martin Amos of the Davenport Diocese; and Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese. Pictured behind Bishop Nickless is Deacon Alan Christy of St. Cecilia Parish, Ames, Iowa.

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