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Bishop Pates Congratulates Archbishop Hanus on His Retirement, Archbishop-designate Jackels on Appointment to Archdiocese of Dubuque

Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates congratulates Dubuque Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus, OSB on his retirement after having served northeast Iowa for nearly 19 years. Bishop Pates also congratulates Archbishop-designate Michael O. Jackels, of Wichita, Kansas, on his appointment by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

"Archbishop Hanus has served with a great pastoral heart and as an attentive administrator during these years of significant transition both in the Archdiocese of Dubuque and the state of Iowa," said Bishop Pates. "We salute the archbishop who very much looks forward to this well-deserved retirement."

Bishop Pates also offers congratulations to Bishop Jackels, who has served as the bishop of Wichita since April 4, 2005. "The Diocese of Des Moines extends a heartfelt welcome to Archbishop-designate Jackels. As metropolitan of the Dubuque Province, we look forward to his leadership and service in the vibrant faith communities of Iowa."

The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.


(CONTACT: Anne Marie Cox Office of Communications Diocese of Des Moines (515) 237-5057




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