Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Michael Jackels of Dubuque and Appoints Bishop Richard Pates as Apostolic Administrator

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michael O. Jackels from the Office of Archbishop of Dubuque for health reasons and has appointed Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop emeritus of Des Moines, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2023 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Archdiocese of Dubuque is comprised of 17,403 square miles in the State of Iowa and has a total population of 1,017,175 of which 185,260 are Catholic.


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