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


I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever.
- John 6:51

"Bread is the staff of life." My husband certainly agrees with this proverb. For him, a meal isn't complete without bread. However, he knows that such bread will last but a few hours. As a daily communicant, he relies on the Living Bread that came down from heaven. He wants to live forever.

Who doesn't want to gain eternal life? For many, daily Mass is not possible, yet remembering that the home is the "domestic church," when we gather at table, say the blessing and break bread that nourishes our bodies, we are reminded of God's loving care in proving our daily bread throughout the week. Thus, we see that the bread we eat in our "church of the home" sustains us the six days until Sunday when we gather at Mass and receive the Eucharist--food for our soul.
Jesus, may we be ever grateful that you are the Bread of Life, the bread of eternal life.

- Judy Schueneman
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Saint Francis invited all of creation—animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon—to give honor and praise to the Lord. It is my hope that the inspiration of Saint Francis will help us to keep ever alive a sense of fraternity with all those good and beautiful things which Almighty God has created. And may he remind us of our serious obligation to respect and watch over them with care.

—from For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action
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