Archbishop Dolan Carries Message of Hope

By Deirdre Cox Baker
Quad-City Times [Davenport IA]
April 9, 2007

A message of great hope for Roman Catholics worried about the future of their church will be delivered this week in the heart of the Davenport Diocese.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the ballroom of the Rogalski Center, located at the corner of Ripley and Lombard streets on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport. Admission is free.

"Cast Out to the Deep: The Call for Confidence and Holiness in Today's Church," is a message Dolan delivers to Catholics across the United States, especially in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, said Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for the archbishop.

"As we work through the sex abuse scandal, it shows that we are an imperfect church, but our conversion must come from within," Topczewski said. "The archbishop will say the best way to achieve this is participation through life in the church, and in the sacraments."

This lecture is the 25th in a series for the St. Ambrose University Chair of Catholic Studies. Dolan originally was invited to speak in December, but that was postponed because of inclement weather.

Dolan, 57, was appointed to his present post in 2002. He joined the priesthood in 1976 and has served in the St. Louis area. He also spent seven years in Rome and had a five-year term as secretary for the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C.

Much of Dolan's work has involved seminary education, and he has had an influence on a number of priests in the new millennium, according to the Web site for the Milwaukee Archdiocese,

"We are people of hope and joy," Dolan wrote in his Easter message. The archbishop will share those feelings in Davenport, Topczewski said, and also will encourage personal encounters with Christ in the wake of Easter, showing how the Catholic Mass is a "little Easter" celebration every Sunday.

The Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture began in 1980 to address concerns of a religious nature and includes topics such as theology, history, literature and music.

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