Archbishop Michael Jackels

The Archbishop is the chief shepherd of the Archdiocese. Appointed by the Pope, he is ordained to exercise leadership and oversight in the Church’s threefold mission of sanctifying, teaching, and governing the People of God. He is responsible for unity in the local church and communion with the worldwide church.


Born: April 13, 1954 in Rapid City, South Dakota
Appointed bishop of Wichita: January 28, 2005 by Pope John Paul II
Appointed as Archbishop of Dubuque: April 8, 2013Installed as Archbishop: May 30, 2013

Appointed the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Wichita on January 28, 2005, by Pope John Paul II, Bishop Jackels (pronounced JAKE-uhls) was ordained at the Church of the Magdalen on Monday, April 4, 2005. Prior to leading the Diocese of Wichita, Bishop Jackels worked for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for eight years under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.


Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Madrid, Spain; Marysville, California
Junior High and High School in Bellevue, Nebraska graduating in 1972
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, from 1972 to 1974
St. Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky from 1974 to 1977, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy
Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland from 1977 to 1981, graduating with an M.A. in Theology (Scripture)
Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome from 1985 to 1989, earning a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (spiritual theology)
Ordained to the Diaconate for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska on May 31, 1980
Ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 1981
Named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1994

Priesthood assignments:

1981-1982 Assistant Pastor, Cathedral of the Risen Christ; Religion Teacher, Pius X High School
1982-1985 Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Church (University parish); Assistant Vocation Director; Director of Hispanic Ministry; Religion Teacher, Pius X High School
1985-1989 Studies in Rome
1989-1997 Diocesan Director of Religious Education; Diocesan Master of Ceremonies; Co-Vicar for Religious; Chaplain, School Sisters of Christ the King
1997-2005 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith