Bishop Michael O. Jackels
Appointed the 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita on January 28, 2005 by Pope John Paul II, Bishop Jackels (pronounced JAKE-uhls) was ordained at the Church of the Magdalen on Monday, April 4, 2005. Prior to leading the Diocese of Wichita, Bishop Jackels worked for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome for eight years under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
Coat of Arms
The image of St. Michael the Archangel is taken from the crest for the city of Kiev in Ukraine. In addition to being the patron saint of Bishop Jackels, the image represents his mother’s family, the Mettlers, who are Volga Germans. The unicorn is taken from the coat of arms for the Jaeckel family in Nuremberg, Germany, and was chosen to represent his father’s family.
When read from left to right Bishop Jackels’ coat of arms declares “ecce adsum” – here I am, Michael Jackels – announcing his name to the people God has called him to serve.
The motto “ecce adsum” also recalls the right and true answer given by so many to the manifest will of the Father: by Samuel when called to serve as his prophet, “Here I am, for you called me” (1 Samuel 3:5); by the Virgin Mary’s to the call to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38); and by Jesus in Gethsemane, at the beginning of his Passion, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
The same words – “ecce adsum” – were spoken by God to the people of Israel, promising to come to their help in need: “You shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am” (Isaiah 58:9).
The motto “ecce adsum” is a declaration of Bishop Jackels’ cheerful trust in the promise of God to be present and to provide all needed strength, wisdom and goodness, believing that God will meet misery with mercy. It also gives voice to his ready surrender, born of trust, seeing God’s will as a good thing given by a loving Father to a child he loves, and so, not only accepting it, but co-operating with it, even desiring it, saying “I thirst!”, in imitation of Jesus on the Cross.
Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on April 13, 1954
- Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Madrid, Spain; Marysville, California
- Junior High and High School in Bellevue, Nebraska, graduating in 1972
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln, from 1972 to 1974
- St Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Kentucky, from 1974 to 1977, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy
- Mt St Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 1977 to 1981, graduating with an M.A. in Theology (Scripture)
- Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome from 1985 to 1989, earning a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (spiritual theology)
- Ordained to the Diaconate for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 31, 1980
- Ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 30, 1981
- Named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1994
- 1981-1982 Assistant Pastor, Cathedral of the Risen Christ; Religion Teacher, Pius X High School
- 1982-1985 Assistant Pastor, St Thomas Aquinas Church (University parish); Assistant Vocation Director; Director of Hispanic Ministry; Religion Teacher, Pius X High School
- 1985-1989 studies in Rome
- 1989-1997 Diocesan Director of Religious Education; Diocesan Master of Ceremonies; Co-Vicar for Religious; Chaplain, School Sisters of Christ the King
- 1997-2005 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith