Our Leaders

Episcopal Moderator
May 2012 - Present

His Excellency
The Most Reverend Michael O. Jackels, D.D.
Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa

Appointed as Archbishop of Dubuque April 8, 2013

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.

Curriculum Vitae
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


Priesthood assignments

  • 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

ICSC Board of Directors

2011 - Present

Rick H. Jeric
Executive Director of Development and Planning
Diocese of Columbus in Ohio

As executive director of the Office of Development and Planning since 2003, Rick Jeric is responsible for development and planning activities for the 23-county Diocese of Columbus, including capital campaigns, major gifts, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, strategic planning, stewardship, feasibility studies, the cultivation of major gifts and relationships with major gift donors, pastoral planning activities, and maintaining the diocesan census.  Rick also served concurrently as executive director of the Catholic Foundation from 2004 to 2006.

Rick is a member of the Diocesan Retirement Communities Board, the Institutional Advancement Board for the Pontifical College Josephinum, the Campaign for Bishop Watterson High School, the Bishop’s Council, the Education Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Ohio Chapter, the Star Academy Board, fostering major gifts to build and maintain a high school in Tanzania, and the Showers Health Center Board, overseeing the construction and maintenance of a clinic in Uganda.

Rick graduated from Borromeo Seminary High School, Wickliffe, Ohio, in 1976, and earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1980. Rick and his wife and three children are members of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, Dublin, Ohio.

Michael MurphyExecutive Director
2007 - Present

Michael Murphy
Washington, District of Columbia

Michael Murphy begins his sixth year of service as executive director of ICSC. He was a member of its board of directors and chaired its 2005 international conference in San Francisco.

Mr. Murphy was the director of development for the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Archdiocese of Detroit Endowment Foundation from 1994 to 2007. During his tenure, a comprehensive manual introducing parishes to Christian stewardship was developed. Called by Christ, Gifted by the Spirit, has enjoyed much success in parishes and dioceses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Latin America in both its English and Spanish language versions.

During his time at the archdiocese, the annual appeal became the largest among dioceses in North America, and over a 10-year period yielded an average of $30 million annually. A $100 million campaign was conducted during his tenure as well, mostly to support Catholic education. It was the largest diocesan endowment campaign at the time.

Mr. Murphy’s team was also instrumental in procuring funds for programs that helped low-income families send their children to Catholic schools. An aggregate of over $18 million was made available through programs such as Pathways of Hope, Pathways Plus and the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Detroit.

A native Tennessean, Mr. Murphy was a practicing attorney and an instructor at the American College of Life Insurance and Tax Institute, and active in committees of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations. Besides his Juris Doctor degree, he studied in the divinity and theology programs at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a master’s degree in theology.

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