The Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop’s columns

Columns submitted to the Des Moines Register

 

1-26-15 Education Savings Accounts

10-13-14 Reflections on pilgrimage to the Holy Land

8-15-14  Solidary visit to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

3-24-14 Make peace between Israel and Palestine a priority

3-24-14 Cover letter: Peace between Israel and Palestine

 

 

Every month, Bishop Richard Pates shares his thoughts and reflections with the Diocese of Des Moines through his column in the diocesan newspaper The Catholic Mirror. Recent columns are listed below.

 

2017

  • September - The Blessings of a Strong Diocesan Staff
  • September - The Blessings of a Strong Diocesan Staff - spanish
  • August - The Catholic Church in Africa is very much alive 
  • August - The Catholic Church in Africa is very much alive - spanish
  • July - The New Moment 
  • July - The New Moment - spanish
  • June - Moving Forward - Impetus to Renewal
  • June - Moving Forward - Impetus to Renewal - spanish
  • May - Unfinished Business
  • May - Unfinished Business - spanish
  • April - Ministering to our Youth and Young Adults
  • April - Ministering to our Youth and Young Adults - spanish
  • March - Giving Our Lives
  • March - Giving Our Lives - spanish
  • February - I was a stranger
  • February - I was a stranger - spanish
  • January - Encuentro V
  • January - Christopher Grow - spanish

2016

  • June - Two Great Priests
  • June - Two Great Priests - spanish
  • May - Elections
  • May - Elections - Spanish
  • April - Keeping Catholic Schools Alive
  • April - Keeping Catholic Schools Alive - spanish
  • March - Sharing Faith
  • March - Sharing Faith - spanish
  • February - Embracing the World's Family - spanish
  • January - Catholic Come Home

2015

  • November -- Open to God’s Mercy

  • October -- Being Church: Summit on Church Administration

  • September -- Focus on Marriage and Family

  • August -- Restoring Our Sight: Respecting life in all its stages

  • July - Encyclical on Environment

  • June -- Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit

  • May -- One Human Family

  • April -- Dowling Catholic High School protest/A nuclear free world

  • March -- Easter and Pope Francis

  • February -- Lent
  • January -- Now is the Time: Education Savings Accounts

 

2014

  • December -- Pope Francis, International Priests, Merry Christmas
  • November -- Hopes for Year of Marriage and Family
  • October -- Peace in the Holy Land a Consuming Challenge
  • September -- Year of Mariage & Family
  • August -- Ordained for Service and Charity
  • July -- Visiting Our Neighbors to the South
  • June -- The Gift of Adoption
  • May -- Pursuing Peace
  • April -- He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed
  • March -- Praying for Peace
  • February -- Sharing God's Gifts; Paying Dividends
  • January -- The Light of Religious Life
  • January -- La Luz de la Vida Religious

2013

  • December -- On Earth Peace to all of Good Will
  • December -- Paz en la Tierra a los de Buena Voluntad
  • November -- Brokering Dialogue
  • November -- Intermediario en el Dialogo
  • October -- Rebuild my Church
  • October -- Rebuild my Church (spanish)
  • September -- EOHS Visitors to bless Des Moines
  • July -- Remembering Bill Krause / The Insidius Drug Trade / Immigration Reform
  • June -- I am the King's Good Servant but God's First
  • May -- Blessed with Vocations
  • April -- Pacem in Terris - 50 Years Later
  • March -- The World Rejoices at the Election of Pope Francis
  • February -- The Light is On for You

2012

  • November -- Elusive unity

  • October -- Voting (once again) and growing our Catholic heritage

  • September -- Sorting through the 2012 elections

  • August -- Anticipating a New Year

  • July -- July 1, Religious Liberty Gathering

  • June -- July 1, Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic

  • May -- Experiencing and Passing on the Faith

  • April --  “God’s Plan and Us”

  • March -- Ad Limina Apostolorum

  • February -- HHS mandate, Ash Wednesday

  • January-- Catholic Schools -- A Great Blessing           

6-30-12 Column in the Des Moines Register on HHS Mandate (full, unedited version)                                                                

 

                                                                                               2011

  • December -- Christmas extended anew through us

  • November -- Introduction of the Roman Missal, Third Edition

  • October -- Celebrating 100 years

  • September -- World Youth Day: A Defining Moment

  • August -- Centennial Celebration: Plans are set

  • July -- Wisdom handed on

  • June -- Addressing the faith of the young

  • May -- Remembering Blessed John Paul II

  • April -- Dying and Rising: The Pascal Mystery

  • March -- Striving for unity via universal truth

  • February -- In the Holy Land with the Neocatechumenal Way

  • January -- On a Journey Together

                                                                                                2010

  • December -- A remarkable Christmas present

  • November -- Diocesan centennial to kick off Nov. 20-21

  • October --  A culture of vocations

  • September -- A visit by Vatican official Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski

  • August -- Thirteen new deacons

  • July -- Celebrating our history

  • June -- Addressing directly issues of sexual abuse

  • May -- Pastoral Letter: A commitment to adolescent catechesis: A critical stage of lifelong catechesis in the Diocese of Des Moines (introduction)

  • April -- Richness in diversity

  • March -- Paschal Mystery, Easter message at core of centennial celebration

  • February -- Marriage

  • January -- Catholic Schools -- Dividends for Life