(Editor’s note: Through a series of retirements and new job opportunities, the diocese has a number of new faces in the chancery.)
By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
Lifelong Faith and Ministry Formation Coordinator
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, railroads/trains, and needlepoint.
Family: 3 nieces, 2 nephews
Education: B.A. in history, chemistry and religion from Augustana University, Sioux Falls, S.D.; M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
Previous experience: Served as Director of Religious Education in two parishes in Alabama, one parish in Texas; Coordinator for Parish Ministry Support and Coordinator for Advanced Lay Ministry Formation for the Diocese of Sacramento.
Job description: It’s a two-fold job. As Lifelong Faith Coordinator, I support and minister to the parishes and assist them in offering a lifelong faith formation curriculum for all ages, helping revision how we serve/minister to our parishioners. As Ministry Formation Coordinator, I examine how we form our lay ministers in the diocese, coordinate the existing Lay Ministry Formation Program in the diocese and explore additional/alternative formation methods/models of catechist formation. In addition, I partner with the Office of Schools to work with Catholic identity and faculty formation in our schools.
: The people — both within the chancery and those I meet in the parishes
Hometown: Galesburg, Ill.
Hobbies: Traveling the U.S. and abroad, history, books, movies and music.
Family: Husband Richard; adult sons Sean and Kyle.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.
Previous experience: I was in the Navy (that is where I met my husband) as a machinist mate and then a construction mechanic. I have done various other jobs as my husband did in his military career. But I have worked in the accounting field for over 15 years.
Job description: Assisting individuals and entities of the diocese with accounting, payroll and employee benefits.
Favorite part of working at the Diocese of Davenport: The working environment and atmosphere.
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
Hobbies: Cooking, collecting art at flea markets, woodcarving.
Family: Wife Vicki, adult son Sam.
Education: B.A. in communications, Univer-sity of Wisconsin, Madison.
Experience: Director of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Nashville, Tenn., and the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis.
Job description: Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Davenport, Director of Development. I work with parishes to help them raise money.
Favorite part of working at the Diocese of Davenport: My job is quite varied and collaborative. I get to work with many of the departments and ministries as well as help at the parish level and meet with donors.
Hobbies: Go on dates with my husband, read, crochet, travel, and sing.
Family: Husband Jake; children Asher (9) and Adeline (5).
Education: B.A. in psychology with a minor in sociology
Experience: I worked for Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Davenport, for nine years and for Humility of Mary Housing and Humility of Mary Shelter Inc. for about a year and a half prior to this position.
Job description: I work as the Executive Secretary for the Office of the Bishop, which includes the Bishop, Vicar General, and Chancellor/Chief of Staff.
Favorite part of working at the Diocese of Davenport: Just one?! I love working for the church. The atmosphere is amazing — being able to live my faith through my work is something I am very grateful for. I get to work with all of the chancery staff in my position, as it interacts with all departments, and I enjoy that as well. I love that we have staff Mass every Wednesday, and I really like working with all the priests and parishes of the diocese.
Human Resources and Risk Management Coordinator
Hometown: Ryan, Iowa
Hobbies: Spending time with family.
Family: 11 nieces and nephews, 14 “grandnieces” and “grandnephews.”
Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Mount Mercy College (now University), Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Experience: 30 years of combined experience working in the Bettendorf and West Delaware, Iowa, school districts.
Job description: Assisting individuals and entities of the diocese in addressing human resources issues, diocesan-wide benefit programs, and insurance plans.
Favorite part of working at the Diocese of Davenport: I have enjoyed getting to know and work with the people at the Chancery and getting to work with the people at the schools and parishes. The range of tasks is challenging and fun.