DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Archdiocese of Dubuque introduced its new archbishop Monday, and the appointed leader said he's “ready to follow God's will.”
Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita, Kan., made the remarks about his role at a press conference. He is scheduled to be installed on May 30.
Jackels, who was appointed by Pope Francis, will replace Archbishop Jerome Hanus, who announced his resignation Monday because of declining health.
“I am humbled by the trust Pope Francis has in me to do this ministry. It would appear that this is an expression of his affinity for the poorest, weakest and the least important,” Jackels said in a statement.
Hanus, who introduced Jackels at the press conference, said he will serve as apostolic administrator until the installation. That means Hanus will make day-to-day decisions for the archdiocese until Jackels formally begins his job. Officials said more information about Jackels' installation will be available later.
Hanus plans to resume life as a monk at the Conception Abbey monastery in Conception, Mo.
“Both of our dioceses are undergoing massive changes in agriculture, population, diversity and economics. Our new archbishop is no stranger to these challenges, which characterize the Midwest. He will bring new energy and insights as we move toward the future,” Hanus said.
Jackels was appointed the Wichita bishop in January 2005 by Pope John Paul II.
He worked for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for eight years, according to the Wichita diocesan website.
The Archdiocese of Dubuque includes 30 counties in northeast Iowa.