The Archdiocese of Dubuque has issued the following news release:
Retirement of Archbishop Michael Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque
Pope Francis has granted Archbishop Jackels’ request to retire early for health reasons, effective on 4 April 2023.
Until a new Archbishop of Dubuque is named, Bishop Richard Pates, retired Bishop of Des Moines, has been appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator.
After almost 10 years here, Archbishop Jackels leaves with gratitude for the opportunity to serve, fond memories, and contrition for anyone who took offense at him.