Welcome from Bishop Zinkula!

Welcome to the Diocese of Davenport vocations website!  I have been privileged to be recently made bishop here in southeast Iowa.  It is a place of faith-filled lay people, religious and clergy.  We have large churches and small ones nestled in cities and farm lands.

I have been a priest for over 25 years and know the joy of serving Christ and God’s people as a priest.  I have been invited into the lives of countless people in good times and difficult times, in extraordinary and very ordinary situations.

Some people feel called to join a religious community, and some feel called to diocesan priesthood.  Most of our diocesan priests serve the people in parishes.

Perhaps that is getting a little ahead of your story and why you came to this website.  If you have an interest in priesthood, especially diocesan priesthood, I invite you to look at this site.  Somehow God is stirring your heart.  I hope you will listen and explore.  Discernment is part of what is done in determining a vocation.  Ask yourself the question, “What is God asking of me?”  If you don’t look and listen you will never know.

I pray for all those who come here looking.  Jesus said to the first disciples, “Come and see.”

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport

 

What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of failing? Sure. You might fail. But you'll be better off for failing, because you'll be better off for trying. And the reality is, whatever your thing is, however big you think it is, however unscalable you think that mountain is, don't forget, somebody's already conquered it. Lots of people have already conquered it. And God? He's waiting. He's ready. He wants to help you conquer that big thing. So let's get after it.

- Excerpt from Best Lent Ever, Dynamic Catholic
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Love's in the little things. Love's doing something every day to demonstrate that we love. That we love the people in our lives, our family and friends. That we love the strangers who cross our path on any given day. That we love. That we've taken on board God's way of life, which is a way of love.

And yes, there will be moments in our lives where we're called to do something extraordinary. But those things are rare. And, we prepare for those moments by doing the little things every day.

So what are your little things every day? Whatever you've picked to get after this Lent, what are the little things you're going to do every day—day in, day out, every day of the week—throughout this Lenten experience so that when you get to Easter Sunday, the Resurrection is not just something intellectual, it's not just something historical, it's not just something, "Oh yeah, that's part of our faith," but it's something personal.

-Excerpt from Best Lent Ever, Dynamic Catholic
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New springtimes are a beautiful thing. And we feel it. We physically feel it. As spring comes on, a new joy begins to erupt within us. We feel that. And as we make this journey together through Lent, I want you to start to think about that new springtime. I want you to start to think about that joy. Because that joy is the essence of Christianity. Experiencing that joy . . . God wants to fill us with that joy and send us out into the world with that contagious joy to share it with everyone who crosses our paths. And we can't do that, unless we open ourselves to this new springtime and experience this new springtime.

-Excerpt from Best Lent Ever, Dynamic Catholic
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