Archbishop Hanus is a member of the Benedictine Order and a native of Brainard, Nebraska. He was named archbishop of Dubuque in 1994. Prior to that, he was bishop of St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1987-1994. From 1984-1987, he was abbot president of Conception Abbey in Missouri. He is also a Fourth Degree Sir Knight of Columbus.
Archbishop-designate Jackels, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, was born April 13, 1954. He has been bishop of Wichita since 2005. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1981. He holds a doctorate in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome. He worked in the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1997-2005 before being appointed Bishop of Wichita, Kansas. He is also a Fourth Degree Sir Knight of Columbus.
The Archdiocese of Dubuque has 17,403 square miles and includes 30 counties in Iowa. It has a population of 995,357 people, of whom 202,601, or 20 percent, are Catholic.