Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With regard to my ordination and installation last week, perhaps one of my sisters said it best: “That was one of the most profound experiences of my life.” But I would go a step further. For me, it was THE most profound experience of my life!
It is hard to explain what I felt during the ceremony. In fact, I am processing through prayer and reflection what happened because there were so many aspects and so many feelings. And it was so overwhelming!
What I do know already, however, is that I am very grateful to everyone who attended Solemn Vespers or the Mass, or watched the live stream posted on the diocesan website. This shared experience brought us closer together as a diocesan family.
I am thankful for all the hard work that so many people put into preparing for the transition of bishops, for the vespers and ordination ceremonies, and for the receptions afterwards.
I am grateful for the leadership of Bishop Martin Amos during the past 11 years. He took the helm at a difficult time in the history of the Davenport Diocese and shepherded the flock ably and admirably. That makes my life a whole lot easier as I become the 9th bishop of the diocese.
Finally, I want to thank all the parishes that gave me various gifts, some quite interesting and unique, many locally relevant, and all very thoughtful and appreciated.
I am humbled by your love, prayers and warm welcome. You are the best!
I am very excited to be your new “baby” bishop. I look forward to making my way around the diocese in the weeks and months ahead and meeting many of you. Please know that you are continually in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all.
+ Thomas Zinkula