Martin John Amos
- For the British novelist, see Martin Amis
|The Most Reverend
Martin John Amos
|Bishop of Davenport|
|Appointed||October 12, 2006|
|Installed||November 20, 2006|
|Predecessor||William Edwin Franklin|
|Ordination||May 25, 1968
by Clarence George Issenmann
|Consecration||June 7, 2001
by Anthony Michael Pilla
December 8, 1941 |
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland
Titular Bishop of Meta
|Motto||Doce me Domine
(Teach me, O Lord)
Martin John Amos
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
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 Cleveland, Ohio, from 2001 to 2006 and has been the eighth bishop of Davenport, Iowa, since 2006.
Early Life & Ministry
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. He was ordained 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.
Bishop of Davenport
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 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.
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. 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. A $22 million capital campaign was also initiated in 2009 to replenish diocesan finances and to provide the finances for other projects.
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.
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.
- "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 January 21, 2007.
- "Bishop Martin John Amos". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved January 21, 2007.
- The Official Catholic Directory. New Providence, New Jersey: P.J. Kenedy & Sons. 2009. p. 362.
- Deirdre Cox Baker (November 20, 2006). "New father for the Davenport flock". Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
- Aaron Cox Baker (December 9, 2011). "Diocese to sell off properties". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Ann McGlynn (March 12, 2010). "Diocese reclaims HQ in $1.2M post-bankruptcy deal". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Ann McGlynn (March 12, 2010). "Proceeds from campaign split up across diocese". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Barb Arland-Fye. "Catholic Charities to start in diocese". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- Steven Martens and Kay Luna (May 11, 2012). "Agreement reached in gay student scholarship dispute". Quad-City Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
|Catholic Church titles|
William Edwin Franklin
|Bishop of Davenport
|Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland