Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Repost: Msgr. Mottet, Catholic Worker Cofounder, Receives Honor February 11, 2012
Three and a half full pages were dedicated to Msgr. Mottet in the February 11, 2012 issue of Davenport's The Catholic Messenger - to someone still alive! The following are pictures and excerpts from this paper and from his life.
Mgr. Mottet helped launch the Quad Cities Interfaith Housing, a congregation-based organization to address the causes of poverty locally. Numerous organizations that address poverty and injustice have taken root at his instigation and his ability to persuade others to join him. "We weren't intending to build an empire. It was research, plan, develop and spin-off." ..."So often when I go past the chapel, he's in there praying; obviously the activity of his social action ministry is supportive by a very deep prayer life," observes Bishop Amos.
Msgr. Mottet still serves as a president of Project Renewal, a program he helped start 38 years ago in one of Davenport's poorest neighborhoods, attends social action department meetings and leads healing minstry efforts. He's also the Diocese's exorcist [a Vatican-trained one], whose services are in demand well beyond the Diocese. [Monica's side note: He and his team once performed an exorcism over an abortion clinic and the director quit within a couple of weeks. Also, his admitted most ugly and relentless demon has been the demon of pornography.]
Most of Msgr. Mottet's [Iowa] efforts now focus on helping a former student he taught at Assumption High School in Davenport to bring to fruition projects with potential to create a significant number of new jobs and to share the wealth from the sale of the products.
"We want to employ the people who are living in despair and go to bed every night praying for a better tomorrow. We want to provide that better tomorrow. And through the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, we will," said Jim Orr, the former student who calls this effort the Mottet Initiative. "We're looking for people of like spirit and mind who have the same passion to bring jobs to those in need," Orr added.
Caption of several combined pictures of Msgr. Mottet says: "Msgr. Mottet ... Fr. Marv. Thank you for your lifelong pursuit of justice for all. you continue to inspire us."
A last personal note is that Msgr. Mottet is a charismatic priest known for the gift of healing, making nearly nonstop house visits in addition to numerous healing masses (his outstretched hand is shown during one of these masses). Two dramatic healings in my own family happened during healing masses.