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Welcome to the Diocese of Davenport vocations website!  I have been privileged to serve as bishop here in southeast Iowa for almost ten years.  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 45 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. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport

 

The Son of Man must suffer greatly...
- Luke 9:22

St. Pius of Pietrelcina, commonly called Padre Pio, had many mystical gifts such as the stigmata, bilocation, healing and visions. But what made him a saint was the sanctity of his life. In particular, he was dedicated to the suffering of Jesus.

Perhaps what is most surprising about Padre Pio is his worldwide following in life and the fact that his following increased greatly after his death. This is true despite his being a bit gruff, never writing a book and having spent his entire religious life in a monastery in a remote mountain region in Italy.

Frankly, I do not propose to have an answer to this mystery. I can only say that when I heard about this friar, I was immediately drawn to him and have had a devotion to him ever since. There must be an unseen grace working through him. Have you ever looked into his life? Perhaps there is a grace waiting for you as well.

- Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
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It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
–St. John Paul II
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Retweeted Pope Francis (@Pontifex):

The more we let ourselves be enveloped by the love of God, the more our lives are renewed.
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