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Remembering Father Mottet

Diocese of Davenport

A man known for his decades of work for social justice has died. Monsignor Marvin Mottet died Friday at the age of 86.

After attending Saint Ambrose College, Mottet was ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport in 1956. A year later, he helped organize the Catholic Inter-racial Council in the city to fight racial discrimination and segregation. 

In 1969, he opened the Social Action Department for the Diocese of Davenport. And he was instrumental is bringing both Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Junior to the Quad Cities to receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

Just three months ago, Father Mottet celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

Funeral arrangements are being made by the Davenport Diocese.