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Former Wichita bishop hospitalized after heart attack, Iowa parishes say

Catholic Archbishop Michael Jackels had a heart attack and will be in the hospital for a few days, Iowa parishes say. He is a former Wichita bishop.
Catholic Archbishop Michael Jackels had a heart attack and will be in the hospital for a few days, Iowa parishes say. He is a former Wichita bishop. Screen grab of Facebook post from "Blessed Trinity Cluster Immaculate Conception, St Mary & St Patrick"

A former Wichita bishop is in the hospital after a heart attack, but is in “good spirits,” according to Facebook posts from Iowa parishes and leaders with the church.

Archbishop (Michael) Jackels suffered a heart attack last evening (Friday, May 3, 2019),” the Trinity Cluster posted to Facebook. “He is in ICU at Mercy in Dubuque. Surgeons installed two stents.”

Jackels is the “chief shepherd” of the Archdiocese of Dubuque in Iowa, according to its website.

“The Archbishop is in good spirits and feeling better,” the Trinity Cluster continued on Saturday night. “He will be in the hospital for a few days. Please keep him in your prayers for a full recovery.”

“Dear friends, please offer a prayer for the speedy recovery of Archbishop Jackels after having had a heart attack and now spending a few days in ICU,” pastor Noah J. Diehm with St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate said. “May the Lord give him the graces he needs to recover quickly and to continue to labor faithfully in His vineyard. Thank you!”

Jackels served “the 25 counties of southeast Kansas that compose the Wichita diocese” for eight years before he was appointed to archbishop in Iowa, the Wichita Eagle previously reported. That was in spring 2013.

“It has been a great experience for me to pray and work with the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Wichita, to yoke ourselves together, sharing responsibility to continue the mission of Jesus in his Church here,” Jackels said at the time. “Thanks be to God! I am confident that I will be able to say the same about the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.”

The Archdiocese of Dubuque consisted of 202,601 Catholics at the time, the Eagle reported, and the Wichita diocese had 114,000 Catholics.

Jackels was one of the first appointments made by Pope Francis I.

“Appointed by the Pope, he is ordained to exercise leadership and oversight in the Church’s threefold mission of sanctifying, teaching, and governing the People of God,” the archdiocese says. “He is responsible for unity in the local church and communion with the worldwide church.”

“May the Lord be with him on his journey back to health,” the St. Thomas Aquinas Pastorate posted.

Orr Nissan of Wichita on April 29, 2019 gave an Altima car to Walter Manuel, a 60-year-old custodian at Catholic Care Center nursing home who has been riding his bicycle 7 1/2 miles to and from work every day.

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