Martin John Amos

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Most Reverend
Martin John Amos
Bishop Emeritus of Davenport
Church Catholic Church
Appointed October 12, 2006
Installed November 20, 2006
Term ended April 19, 2017
Predecessor William Edwin Franklin
Successor Thomas Zinkula
Ordination May 25, 1968
by Clarence George Issenmann
Consecration June 7, 2001
by Anthony Michael Pilla, Alexander James Quinn, and Anthony Edward Pevec
Personal details
Born (1941-12-08) December 8, 1941 (age 76)
Cleveland, Ohio
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland
Titular Bishop of Meta
Motto Doce me Domine
(Teach me, O Lord)
Styles of
Martin John Amos
Coat of arms of Martin John Amos.svg
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

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 then served as the eighth bishop of Davenport, Iowa from 2006 to 2017.


Early Life and Ministry[edit]

Martin John Amos was born in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 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.[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]

On April 19, 2017 Pope Francis accepted Bishop Amos' resignation and named Monsignor Thomas Zinkula, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, to be the ninth bishop of the diocese.[10]

See also[edit]


  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 January 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Martin John Amos". Retrieved January 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ The Official Catholic Directory. New Providence, New Jersey: P.J. Kenedy & Sons. 2009. p. 362. 
  4. ^ Deirdre Cox Baker (November 20, 2006). "New father for the Davenport flock". Quad-City Times. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ Aaron Cox Baker (December 9, 2011). "Diocese to sell off properties". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ann McGlynn (March 12, 2010). "Diocese reclaims HQ in $1.2M post-bankruptcy deal". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ann McGlynn (March 12, 2010). "Proceeds from campaign split up across diocese". Quad-City Times. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ Barb Arland-Fye. "Catholic Charities to start in diocese". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Steven Martens and Kay Luna (May 11, 2012). "Agreement reached in gay student scholarship dispute". Quad-City Times. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Deirdre Cox Baker (April 19, 2017). "Monsignor Zinkula named bishop of Diocese of Davenport". Quad-City Times. Davenport. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Edwin Franklin
Bishop of Davenport
Succeeded by
Thomas Zinkula