The Bishop's Bulletin

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport; names Monsignor Thomas Zinkula as successor; Pope Francis also names Rev. John Dolan as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

Washington, D.C. – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin Amos, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and has named Monsignor Thomas R. Zinkula, to succeed him.  Monsignor Zinkula is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, currently serving as rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College in Dubuque.

Pope Francis has also named Father John P. Dolan as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego. Father Dolan is a priest of the Diocese of San Diego where he currently serves as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish.

The resignation and appointments were publicized in Washington, April 19, 2017, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate, Msgr. Thomas Zinkula, 60, was born April 19, 1957, in Mount Vernon, Iowa.  He attended Catholic University in Washington, DC, where he earned a master’s in Theology in 1990.  In 1998, he received a licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada.  He also earned a law degree from the University of Iowa in 1983 and he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics and business from Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1990, for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Assignments after ordination included: assistant pastor, St. Columbkille, Dubuque,  1990-1993; assistant pastor at Joseph the Worker,  Dubuque, 1993-1996; a student of Canon Law at St. Paul University in Ottawa from 1996-1998; pastor of St. Joseph in Rickardsville and sacramental priest for the parishes of St. Francis in Balltown, and SS. Peter and Paul in Sherill from 1998-2002;  judge at the Archdiocesan Tribunal from 1998-2000; judicial vicar, 2000-2010; pastor, Holy Ghost, Dubuque 2005-2011; episcopal vicar for the region of Cedar Rapids, 2012-2014; and rector of St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque, 2014-present.

Bishop Amos was ordained a priest in 1968.  He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland in the state of Ohio from 2001 to 2006, and then as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Davenport since 2006.

The Diocese of Davenport is comprised of 11,438 square miles in the state of Iowa and has a total population of 792,199 of which 97,202, or 12 percent, are Catholic.

Auxiliary bishop-designate, Father John Dolan was born in San Diego, June 8, 1962 and was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1989 for the Diocese of San Diego.

Fr. Dolan holds a Master of Arts degree in Liturgy from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California.

Assignments  after ordination included: parochial vicar, Saint Michael’s Parish, San Diego from 1989-1991; associate pastor, Santa Sofia Parish, El Cajon, 1991-1992; director of vocations, 1992-1994; pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Oceanside, 1996-2001; pastor, St. Michael’s Parish, San Diego, 2001-2002; pastor, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Chula Vista, 2002-2014; pastor, Saint Michael’s Church, Poway, 2014-2016; episcopal vicar for the clergy and pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, San Diego 2016-present.

The Diocese of San Diego is comprised of 8,852 square miles in the state of California and has a total population of 3,285,849 of which 1,012,486 or 30 percent are Catholic.  The Bishop of the San Diego Diocese is Robert W. McElroy.