SAU CFDD
Sep 222016
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In his homily announcing this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, “No one can be excluded from the mercy of God. Its doors remain wide open, so that those touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness.”

Bishop Amos

Bishop Amos

Our diocesan offices and the work that we do are shaped by the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that Scripture gives us. Living Mercy, the theme of this year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal, reflects our lifelong journey of faith which began with our baptism.

The Annual Diocesan Appeal provides many services which support our parish religious education programs and Catholic schools to proclaim the good news of Christ’s mercy. The diocese invests in educating our seminarians and our deacon candidates, as well as the ongoing formation of our clergy. They, in turn, lead and inspire mercy in the 97,000 Catholics in our 78 parishes in southeastern Iowa.

To those seeking mercy, our marriage annulment process promotes healing following a divorce. Project Rachel, a confidential, post-abortion ministry offers hope and healing to women and men in our diocese who are hurting following an abortion.

Our Social Action and Catholic Charities office promotes the works of mercy. Unity House, a transitional housing program for men in recovery from addiction, receives technical and moral support from our staff and volunteers. Our Immigration Office assists U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to petition for work permits and for their immediate relatives to join them here.

Please prayerfully consider a pledge to support our diocesan ministries through the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Your commitment ensures that your parish ministries continue to be enriched so that we may journey together as missionary disciples of Christ. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Colecta Diocesana Anual

Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,

Gracias al apoyo económico que usted brinda anualmente en la Colecta Diocesana, nuestra diócesis puede servir a 97,000 católicos en 78 parroquias.  ¿Cómo? Pues, su donación sirve en la educación de futuros sacerdotes, de diáconos permanentes y en la formación continua de nuestros sacerdotes.  También hay programas que preparan a líderes que ayudan en las parroquias a las familias que buscan bautismo, a las parejas que piensan casarse,  o que desean educarse para algún sacramento.

Además de los servicios de acción social, que ayuda a las personas con escasos recursos, como la oficina de inmigración que sirve en el proceso migratorio, existe la Oficina del Ministerio Multicultural, que ayuda en la formación espiritual de los más de 25,000 católicos hispanos en nuestra diócesis.  Gracias a esta Colecta Diocesana, usted puede ayudar a que sigamos evangelizando a la comunidad en su propia lengua, cultura y tradición.

Usted y su familia, hagan oración para decidir la forma en que ayudarán para que el trabajo de la Iglesia Católica en la Diócesis de Davenport continúe.
¡Dios bendiga su generosidad!

Sincerely Yours in Christ/Sinceramente en Cristo,

Most Rev. Martin Amos/Rev. Mons. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport/Obispo de Davenport

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