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HANUS, Jerome G.

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Jerome G. Hanus

HANUS, Jerome G. (Brainard NB, May 26, 1940-- ) Jerome Hanus was the third of children children born to Leo A. and Kristine (née Polak) Hanus. He received his early education at parochial schools in Dwight and Bellwood and graduated from St. John Vianney Seminary in Elkhorn in 1958.

Hanus joined the Order of Saint Benedict, more commonly known as the Benedictines, at Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri. He made his profession as a Benedictine monk on September 1, 1961, taking the name Jerome. He studied at Conception Seminary College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. He continued his studies at the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in Rome, receiving a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1967.

Hanus was ordained to the priesthood on July 30, 1966 and taught scholastic theology at Conception Seminary College from 1967 to 1969. He studied moral theology at Princeton University and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1972. He returned to Conception Seminary where he served as professor of religion from 1973 to 1976. From 1974 to 1976, he was an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in Rome.

Hanus was elected the sixth abbot of Conception Abbey on January 5, 1977 and received the abbatial blessing the next day. In addition to his role as abbot, he served as president of the Benedictine Confederation's Swiss-American Congregation from 1984 to 1987.

On July 6, 1987, Abbot Jerome was appointed the eighth Bishop of Saint Cloud by Pope John Paul II. He served in Saint Cloud for seven years.

On August 23, 1994, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Hanus as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Dubuque. After one year, Archbishop Daniel KUCERA decided to retire. When Kucera's request was approved by the Holy See on October 16, 1995, Hanus succeeded him as 11th bishop and ninth archbishop of Dubuque.

Archbishop Hanus started a strategic planning process throughout the archdiocese. He spoke to the people of the diocese by videotaped messages played at Mass and gave the people a chance to respond and express their own views regarding the needs of the church. As a result of this process, he issued a vision statement which spelled out his hopes and plans for the archdiocese. These plans included an increased role for the laity in leadership roles throughout the archdiocese. This was brought about by shortage of priests and changing demographics of the archdiocese. Hanus also had to combine and close a number of parishes and deal with the sexual abuse crisis affecting the church internationally.

As a result of a federal immigration raid at a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, Archbishop Hanus called for comprehensive immigration reform. He also called on those who gathered at a prayer service to remember the scriptures "to treat the alien in your midst like your brother or sister, and that when you receive the alien, the foreigner, you are welcoming Christ." According to Archbishop Hanus, bishops should imitate St. Peter as leaders of the Church by following the word of God instead of shifting popular opinion.

Hanus submitted his resignation as Archbishop for health reasons, which Pope Francis accepted. On April 8, 2013, Hanus announced that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop Michael JACKELS of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas to succeed him.



Nevans-Pederson, Mary. "Doing 'God's Will,'" Telegraph Herald, April 9, 2013, p. 1A

"God's Word Trumps Popular Opinion," http://www.cathnewsusa.com/tag/archbishop-jerome-g-hanus/

Iowa Immigration Raid Spurs Church Response. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/32079395/iowa-immigration-raid-spurs-church-response