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Davenport Diocese Capital Campaign

Catholic Diocese of Davenport

Next weekend, the Catholic Diocese of Davenport will launch the public phase of an ambitious capital campaign. The goal is 28 million dollars.

Director of Development and Stewardship, Michael Hoffman, says the silent phase of the campaign began last fall after a consultant's feasibility study showed a strong majority of diocese members supported a campaign, and would be willing to contribute.

"We decided it would be a good time. Obviously we're coming out of the pandemic, churches are back open, people are feeling a need to get back into the church, and we felt that it was the right time to launch this campaign."

The money will pay for health care for priests and their retirement benefits, to train new priests, and to help parishes in the diocese.

"Whether or not it's maintenance, new roof, repairing tuckpointing, or mission - that is expanding the role of the church in that community.

The Davenport Diocese includes 85,000 Catholics in 74 parishes, and covers 22 counties in southeastern Iowa.

From the Quad Cities and Clinton, west to Grinnell, south through Pella and Oskaloosa to the Missouri border, then east to the Mississippi River.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.