Dubuque Archbishop is learning his way around Iowa
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
On May 30, 2013, Bishop Michael Jackels was installed as the new Archbishop of Dubuque. Since becoming Archbishop of Dubuque, Jackels has been learning about the state of Iowa and experiencing things for the first time.
"I have experienced fish flies, so that's something new for me," he said. "I have not gotten used to the humidity, it is a lot more humid here then it is in Kansas." Jackels said.
When he is not exploring and learning about Dubuque and its surrounding communities, the Archbishop is meeting up with different church officials. He says it's something that is important to his learning process.
"I have told people I hope to take this first year to look, to listen, and to learn," he said. "Because really a Diocese, while we have the same product, if you will, as Wichita or Lincoln or where-ever, they have their own unique personalities and characters. I need to take the time and learn that." Jackels said.
Archbishop Jackels hopes through his learning he will be able to further strengthen faith formation within the community.
Last month the Archbishop made a special trip to Rome. On the trip, Pope Francis presented Jackels and 33 other new Archbishops from around the world with a ceremonial woolen band called a Pallium. Jackels says a Pallium symbolizes the link between the Pope and Archbishops around the world.
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