Chancery Profiles: Kathy Lantzky

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Name: Kathy Lantzky

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Job title: Faith Formation and Tribunal Administrative Assistant
Contact information: 563-888-4233, lantzky@davenportdiocese.org
What is your role for the Chancery? I work with processing annulments and marriage paperwork in the Tribunal department. I am the administrative assistant to our Faith Formation Department in whatever capacity needed.
What do you find most rewarding about your position? I love that in the Tribunal we are always focused on the salvation of souls and bringing people closer to the sacraments, especially those who may have been away from them.
What do you find most challenging about your position? Time management.
What question do people most often ask you? “What do you do at the diocese?”

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Chancery Profiles: Colleen Darland

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Name: Colleen Darland
Job title: Safe Environment & Logistics Coordinator
Contact information: darland@davenportdiocese.org 563-888-4378

What is your role for the Chancery? I support parishes and schools in maintaining safe environment compliance in our communities as well as coordinating events the chancery offers for clergy, parish/school staff and other members of our communities.
What do you find most rewarding about your position? Being able to empower our communities to grow and contribute to making our parishes and schools havens of support, looking out for each other.
What do you find most challenging about your position? I love hosting guests at the variety of events we offer but sometimes it can be a “loaves and fishes” scenario when we have more guests participate, which is a wonderful problem to have, and no one ever leaves hungry!
What question do people most often ask you? The most frequent questions I receive are regarding technical issues, either for our safe environment platform or for events, when the Zoom doesn’t always cooperate!

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Chancery Profiles: Stephanie Schoel

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Name: Stephanie Schoel
Job title: Office Coordinator

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Contact information: 563-888-4220, Fax: 563-324-5842, schoel@davenportdiocese.org.
What is your role for the Chancery? I manage the print room’s day-to-day projects and activities, oversee reception and coordinate volunteers, and provide key administrative support for the diocesan offices.
What do you find most rewarding about your position? I find it most rewarding to be able to provide support for the chancery staff and for those who serve the Lord.
What do you find most challenging about your position? Filling the shoes of my predecessor.
What question do people most often ask you? Do we have any __________, or can this be added to the Mini Messenger?

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Chancery Profiles: Tiara Hatfield

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Name: Tiara Hatfield
Job title: Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
Contact information: 563-888-4366 or hatfield@davenportdiocese.org
What is your role for the Chancery? I oversee Human Resources, Safe Environment, Insurance, Benefits, and Risk Management for the entire Diocese of Davenport
What do you find most rewarding about your position? Empowering employees, parishes and schools to complete their mission in the communities they serve.
What do you find most challenging about your position? Helping employees, parishes and schools understand the legalities and compliance requirements.
What question do people most often ask you? How do we help others understand why these procedures and requirements need to be followed?

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Chancery Profiles – Patrick Schmadeke

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Name: Patrick Schmadeke
Job title: Director of Evangelization
Contact information: 563-888-4394; schmadeke@davenportdiocese.org

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What is your role for the Chancery? My role is to collaborate with parish, school and chancery leaders to integrate evangelization into our efforts.
What do you find most rewarding about your position? Working with people in parishes and schools to think creatively about how to bring the joy of relationship with Jesus into everyday life. The calling of the Holy Spirit is ever anew and it is exciting to walk with people around our diocese on this journey.
What do you find most challenging about your position? The challenge has to do with the size of our diocese. This probably is a common reality in our country, but our diocese makes up the 22 counties of southeast Iowa. This is a large geography, within which there are many diverse needs. That variety is also part of what I find so rewarding about this role.
What question do people most often ask you? I tend to get clarifying questions about what “evangelization” does or does not mean. The term has become more commonplace, but a fleshed out understanding and integration into daily life is still in progress. That is a creative journey that lasts a lifetime, so there really is no end to that exploration.

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Chancery Profiles -Deacon Kent E. Ferris, OFS

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Name: Deacon Kent E. Ferris, OFS
Job titles: Director of Social Action & Catholic Charities
Contact information: ferris@davenportdiocese.org
What is your role for the Chancery? Our office supports the Bishop’s Office with matters relating to Catholic Social Teaching, providing resources and information from a variety of Catholic outlets such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Iowa Catholic Conference, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Pro-Life Secretariat, etc. I also supervise the Immigration Office.
What do you find most rewarding about your position? I love meeting people all across the diocese who have passion for and knowledge of issues relating to Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
What do you find most challenging about your position? Our Catholic faith is not meant to be a passive faith. Fully living the Catholic faith means that Church teaching can inform our daily lives in many ways as we strive to be in right relationship with God, neighbor and as part of the created world.
What question do people most often ask you? “What is the update on the conflict in __________?” “What is the latest on legislative bill #____________?” “When do you think we will get a bishop?”

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Chancery Profiles: Lynne Devaney

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Name: Lynne Devaney
Job title: Superintendent of Schools
Contact information: devaney@davenportdiocese.org, 563-888-4231
What is your role for the Chancery? Superintendent
What do you find most rewarding about your position? Being present to the Catholic schools of the diocese, particularly to the administrators. Every single person involved in our Catholic schools contributes in a different way but the vocation of Catholic school administrator requires a special kind of person and set of skills. The principal serves as the center for the pastor, students, faculty, staff, parents, Board of Education, diocese and parish in a way that no other position does … principals matter! So the chance to collaborate with them to help them serve their community is a wonderful opportunity. 
What do you find most challenging about your position? Sometimes it does feel a bit like Whack-a-Mole. A person in this position has to be prepared to deal with everything from discipline to instruction to finances to faith formation to board organization. A little bit of everything!
 What question do people most often ask you? It depends on the time of the school year. At the beginning of the year, many questions are about access to resources and how to use them. In November and December, questions are about budgeting and finance. In January and February, there are questions about enrollment, faculty and staff contracts/job agreements and perhaps non-renewal of staff. In the spring, we talk about financial support for students with the ESA and STO.  I’m not sure I get one consistent question … maybe … where’s Lynne today?

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