People still ask me about RAGBRAI, which goes to show that riding a bike across Iowa is a great way to get in touch with the world outside the church walls! But the news wouldn’t have traveled very far without The Catholic Messenger, our diocesan newspaper, which covered every mile of the journey as part of the Pedaling to the Peripheries team.
The Messenger, in its print, electronic and social media forms, helps me to communicate with you the mission and vision of our Diocese of Davenport. For example, the Messenger helps to explain Vision 20/20, our multi-year initiative aimed at a revitalization of faith and a renewal of grace in the spirit of Pentecost. The Messenger passes the baton so that you can spread the joy of the Gospel in your parishes and beyond.
In my teaching role as bishop, I have written columns in the Messenger addressing physician-assisted suicide, the death penalty, clericalism, and the culture of violence, among other issues. The Messenger’s articles about my visits to the peripheries — such as to prisons, homeless shelters, and a pro-life medical clinic — help to develop a better understanding of how to spread the joy of the Gospel.
The Messenger also provides a platform for readers to express their opinions on the issues of the day. It expands knowledge of the church through an archive dating back to 1883 and inspires today’s readers with personal stories of faith. The Messenger is a resource for families striving to pass on the faith to the next generation.
This weekend, parishes kick off the 2019 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. 24. That special issue will also include 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. Watch for the subscription drive in your parish.
My hope is that all households will subscribe to The Catholic Messenger. Please subscribe or buy a subscription for a friend or family member. Don’t pass it up. Pass it on!
Sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport