Martin John Amos

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The Most Reverend
Martin J. Amos, DD
Bishop of Davenport
Coat of arms of Martin John Amos.svg
Church Catholic Church
Appointed October 12, 2006
In office November 20, 2006 – present
Predecessor William Edwin Franklin
Successor Incumbent
Ordination May 25, 1968
by Clarence G. Issenmann
Consecration June 7, 2001
by Anthony Michael Pilla
Personal details
Born (1941-12-08) December 8, 1941 (age 73)
Cleveland, Ohio
Previous post Titular Bishop of Meta
Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland
Motto Doce me Domine
(Teach me, O Lord)
Styles of
Martin John Amos
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Martin John Amos (born December 8, 1941) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland in the state of Ohio from 2001 to 2006, and as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Davenport in the state of Iowa since 2006.


Early Life & Ministry[edit]

Martin John Amos was born in Cleveland. He was educated at Benjamin Franklin elementary school, James Ford Rhodes High School, Borromeo Seminary College in Wickliffe, Ohio and St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland. He holds a Master of Science in Education degree. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland on May 25, 1968 by Bishop Clarence George Issenmann. He held several pastoral assignments after ordination, and later became academic dean of Borromeo Seminary High School.

Amos was serving as pastor of St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio when Pope John Paul II named him Titular Bishop of Meta and Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland on April 3, 2001.[1] He was consecrated by Bishop Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland on June 7, 2001 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The principal co-consecrators were Cleveland Auxiliary Bishops Alexander J. Quinn and Anthony E. Pevec.[2]

Bishop of Davenport[edit]

On October 12, 2006, Bishop Amos was appointed the eighth Bishop of Davenport by Pope Benedict XVI. Amos was formally installed by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB of Dubuque on November 20, 2006[3] in the presence of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The liturgy was held at St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf.[4]

Since taking office, Amos has had to deal with the fallout from the sexual abuse scandal that had engulfed the church. Two days before he assumed office, the Diocese of Davenport filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a result of the bankruptcy, the diocese was forced to sell off property, including the bishop's residence, to pay for a financial settlement to abuse victims.[5] They sold the chancery building, St. Vincent Center, and the surrounding property to St. Ambrose University in May, 2009. In March 2010, the diocese bought back the center, which also houses diocesan priests, and five acres of land.[6] A $22 million capital campaign was also initiated in 2009 to replenish diocesan finances and to provide the finances for other projects.[7]

On July 1, 2010 the diocese re-established Catholic Charities. The organization was initially introduced into the diocese in 1929 by Bishop Henry Rohlman and discontinued when St. Vincent’s Home in Davenport was closed in 1968 and its services were absorbed by other local social service agencies. The latest incarnation of Catholic Charities enhances the social justice ministry of the diocese that is already in place, including immigration, disaster response, health ministry and jail ministry. Collaboration with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria provides mental health counseling services.[8]

In May 2012 Amos became involved in a controversy when he rescinded an invitation to a representative of the Rich Eychaner Charitable Foundation to present a scholarship awarded to Keaton Fuller, a student at the Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton. The Eychander foundation promotes anti-bullying legislation and seeks to promote tolerance and non-discrimination for gay youth. A compromise was worked out whereby a representative from the foundation would give a statue to Fuller and a diocesan representative would deliver a pre-approved statement from the foundation.[9]


  1. ^ "Bishop Franklin’s Resignation Accepted, Bishop Martin J. Amos Named Bishop of Davenport; Pope Names Two Auxiliary Bishops for Archdiocese". USCCB - Office of Media Relations. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Martin John Amos". Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  3. ^ The Official Catholic Directory. New Providence, New Jersey: P.J. Kenedy & Sons. 2009. p. 362. 
  4. ^ Deirdre Cox Baker (2006-11-20). "New father for the Davenport flock". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  5. ^ Aaron Cox Baker (2011-12-09). "Diocese to sell off properties". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  6. ^ Ann McGlynn (2010-03-12). "Diocese reclaims HQ in $1.2M post-bankruptcy deal". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  7. ^ Ann McGlynn (2010-03-12). "Proceeds from campaign split up across diocese". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  8. ^ Barb Arland-Fye. "Catholic Charities to start in diocese". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  9. ^ Steven Martens and Kay Luna (2012-05-11). "Agreement reached in gay student scholarship dispute". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-05-25.