Catholics who have made their mark in Iowa

A couple of recent issues of The Witness, Dubuque’s archdiocesan newspaper, draw attention to some prominent Iowa Catholics.

The paper highlights Father Thomas Zinkula, an archdiocesan priest who has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cornell College for his turn as a star football player in college. Years after his 1979 graduation, he was named to Cornell’s all-century football team. He also excelled in the classroom.

The newspaper also points readers to a new book and a new DVD. The new book, “Letters to a Pioneer Bishop,” is the full collection of the correspondence of a French bishop who was the first bishop of Dubuque — Bishop Mathias Loras. The DVD tells the story of  Father Bill Barragy, an archdiocesan priest who was the first U.S. Army chaplain to be killed in the Vietnam War in 1966.

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