By Anne Marie Amacher
A diocesan visit to the Vatican, two ordinations to the priesthood, one to the diaconate, religious freedom, support for women religious and the conclusion of the Davenport Diocese’s bankruptcy case were among highlights of 2012.
“Going through the year, you don’t reflect on all of the things that have happened, but as you look back you realize that every year is filled with wonderful memories and challenges,” Bishop Martin Amos told The Catholic Messenger. “In 2013, among the exciting things we’re anticipating are two of our priests returning from their studies to the diocese, two and possibly three ordinations to the priesthood, two ordinations to the transitional diaconate (men preparing for priesthood) and the ordination of 12 men to the permanent diaconate,” the bishop said. “In addition, we’re looking forward to the renovation of the cathedral in making it more handicapped accessible, and hiring a new director of youth ministry, which is a significant position in the Church.”
We invite readers to join us in reflecting on the events, activities and people who made diocesan news in 2012:
• Ad limina visit: Bishop Amos and Vicar General Msgr. John Hyland made a trip to the Vatican in March to report on the Davenport Diocese. Bishop Amos and his fellow bishops from Region IX met with Pope Benedict, and Bishop Amos and Msgr. Hyland had their photo taken with the Holy Father.
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