Fr. Ambrosy selected to serve as State Chaplain for Iowa Knights

Fr. David Ambrosy

The Iowa Knights of Columbus is proud to announce the appointment of Father David Ambrosy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, as State Chaplain for the Iowa State Council, Knights of Columbus. Fr. Ambrosy succeeds Father William Reynolds of the diocese of Davenport, who served as State Chaplain from 2014- 2019.


Father Ambrosy, the second of eight children, grew up in the town of Zwingle (south of Dubuque). He attended Catholic grade school, attended Andrews High School, and obtained a business administration degree from Loras College. After working as a building inspector for an insurance company, he felt a divine calling and entered seminary in Minnesota. From there, he continued his education in Maryland and was ordained in 1985 in Dubuque by Archbishop Daniel Kucera, O.S.B..


For the last 30 years, Ambrosy has served at churches and hospitals across Northeast Iowa, ranging from Oelwein to Cresco to Cedar Rapids. Before his current assignment, he was Pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic church in Waterloo, which has a vibrant Hispanic community. Fr. Dave currently is the Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic parish in Waverly.

An insured member of the Order, Fr. Dave joined the Knights in 1980, and became a Sir Knight while attending the Patriotic Degree exemplification in April 2010 in conjunction with the 109th Iowa Knights of Columbus State Convention.


“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Order by providing spiritual guidance to its state leadership, calling the members and the families into a deeper relationship with Christ through the teachings of the Catholic Church”, observed Fr. Ambrosy.


Newly installed State Deputy Paul Lee remarked, “We are grateful to Archbishop Jackels to allow Fr. Ambrosy to serve as the State Chaplain. He brings a wealth of knowledge and connections across the state that will help the Iowa Knights of Columbus grow.”

Fr. Ambrosy will be installed July 13, 2019 as part of the Organizational Meeting of the Iowa Knights of Columbus in Dubuque.




Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world with over 1.9 million members throughout 15 countries. The Iowa Knights of Columbus, with over 31,500 members, continue to serve parishes and communities in the four Catholic dioceses of Iowa through charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

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