Diocese of Davenport raises $22 million in capital campaign
DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) — Boosting morale in a diocese deeply wounded because of the abuse of children by some clergy in past decades, Catholics in the Davenport diocese pledged $22 million in a capital campaign that succeeded despite the worst economic conditions in decades.
The campaign was the first in more than 20 years for the diocese and came at a time of rebuilding following bankruptcy.
All 80 parishes and the Newman Catholic Student Center in Iowa City participated in the fundraising effort that will cover the purchase and renovation of diocesan headquarters in Davenport as well as support clergy, seminarians, schools, parishes and diocesan ministries. More than 9,700 donors contributed, with an average gift of $2,265.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed at the response of people for their church,” Davenport Bishop Martin J. Amos said. “The initial need was prompted by the bankruptcy, but the success of the campaign has truly moved us forward in faith and hope.”
Bishop Amos said campaign volunteers “were absolutely super in listening to fellow parishioners. I think that was a real benefit to the campaign. For me, personally, I met some absolutely wonderful people in the diocese that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to sit down with and have a conversation. People were able to vent about things within the church that troubled them, but at the same time were able to talk about the deep faith that they have and what the church has meant to them in a very positive way.”