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In 1981 after completing his master's degree, Jackels was ordained a priest for the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. His first assignment was serving as the associate pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. 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. In addition to his teaching duties at Pius X High School, he served as the assistant vocations director for the diocese during this period.
In 1985, Jackels began doctoral studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He received his doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1989. His dissertation was a study of St. Catherine of Siena.
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 named him a Prelate of Honor. This earned Jackels the title of Monsignor.
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, abortion, and the death penalty. He has written in favor of what he views as more just immigration laws and has voted to approve language changes in the Mass to bring the English translation into a better accord with the original Latin.
In areas outside of doctrine, Bishop Jackels was active in promoting Catholic education, and helped to establish the Drexel Fund which called for donations to help financially strapped Catholic schools within the diocese.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Jackels the Archbishop of Dubuque on April 8, 2013. He succeeded Archbishop Jerome G. HANUS.
Archbishop Michael Owen Jackels. http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bjack.html
Catholic Diocese of Wichita. http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/office-of-the-bishop/bishop-michael-o-jackels
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