From Clinton to Keokuk, Davenport to Newton, Solon to Georgetown, as your new bishop, I’m gladly wearing out a set of tires getting to know you in the Diocese of Davenport.
While it is not humanly possible to meet all 90,000-plus Catholics in this diocese, I have an excellent vehicle to assist me in conveying the Good News of our diocesan and universal church: our weekly newspaper, The Catholic Messenger.
This newspaper reflects the life of the church throughout the world with an emphasis on diocesan news, parishes and Catholic schools. Get a spiritual boost each week by reading how other Catholics live out their faith, and the joys and struggles that come with it.
Read about Pope Francis and his efforts to share the Gospel through words and action with people of all walks of life, with a special emphasis on reaching those living on the peripheries. Read about what your bishop has to say on the issues of the day, developments in our diocese, and opportunities for building up and strengthening our faith.
The Messenger also provides a forum for readers to express thoughts and opinions about what matters to them. The publication serves as an archive of church history and milestones as well as personal stories of faith and inspiration. It is a source of evangelization and spiritual formation.
This weekend, we will kick off the 2018 subscription drive. To help encourage more people to subscribe, all households in the diocese will receive one free edition of The Catholic Messenger on Jan. 25. This special issue will also include our Catholic Schools Week coverage.
No other media — print or digital — covers the Catholic Church in our diocese with the expertise and integrity of The Catholic Messenger. It is a real value at $29 per year for 50 issues — print or E-edition.
My hope is that all households, inspired by the insightful articles, columns and editorials, will choose to subscribe to The Catholic Messenger. Please subscribe or buy a subscription for a friend or family member, and read it faithfully yourself.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula,
Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport