Jan 232014
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Bishop Martin Amos and Editor Barb Arland-Fye read The Catholic Messenger in Trosly-Breuil, France, July 7, 2013, where they presented the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche.

The Catholic Messenger is an important evangelization tool that helps me as your bishop to reach Catholics throughout our diocese with an award-winning news and information resource.
The Messenger builds community. It offers news from parishes, schools and other entities, creating opportunities for people to learn about what’s going on outside of their parish. It helps us stay informed about issues affecting our Church and the world around us, providing a Catholic perspective along with thoughtful commentary, editorials and letters to the editor. Our diocesan newspaper serves as a source of faith formation, helping to enhance appreciation for the Mass and to inspire the call to witness to the Catholic faith in our daily lives.
Responding to readers’ preferences, the Messenger offers a print edition, E-edition and website and maintains a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. Whatever the medium, the Messenger’s staff is committed to providing meaningful, must-read coverage in a reader-friendly format published 50 weeks each year.
Among the topics the Messenger will report on this year is a survey that Pope Francis asked the world’s dioceses to undertake as he prepares to convene an Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The Messenger will also publish an informative report on participation in the sacraments in parishes as well as news about parish planning and collaboration, priest assignments, ordinations and retirements. The staff will keep you posted on the words and actions of Pope Francis and the ways in which he shapes the papacy.
This month during The Catholic Messenger’s annual subscription drive I am asking all Catholic households of our diocese to begin or renew a subscription. I believe you will find something of value in every issue.
The Catholic Messenger remains a vital part of the ministry of our diocese, yet it requires your support today more than ever before. The cost of $29 for a year’s subscription — for the print, E-edition or both — is truly a worthy investment. In fact, because of continued good stewardship of resources, the subscription rate remains the same as last year. Please subscribe and read it faithfully.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport

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