The Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop Pates


Bishop Pates

Welcome! Bienvenidos!
Welcome to our diocesan website!


I hope you find the information and resources you need plus a whole lot more. We’re using not only new technology, but new social communication tools. These are a means of providing information and resources, educating on Church teachings and their application to current-day events, and fostering a dialogue for all of us on a journey to grow closer to God.


Recently, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications that, while the Gospel message remains unchanged, the Church must learn how to transmit that message to new generations by taking advantage of new technology and attitudes toward communication.


With that, I encourage you to check back here often and sign up to receive the latest news and information through the blog and our Facebook presence.


Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines



On  April 10, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Pates the ninth bishop of the diocese of Des Moines. On that day, Bishop Pates outlined his thoughts as the shepherd for the Catholic diocese of central and southwest Iowa.

“It might reasonably be asked, do I have any themes or priorities that I anticipate will characterize my ministry in Des Moines. Naturally, the first is commitment to my role as pastor - maintaining openness to situations and needs of the moment.”
 Bishop Pates, with JoJo Jok and Brody Adams of Dowling Catholic High School, shows vestments he received from the bishops and people of Ivory Coast during a recent visit to Africa.

Bishop Pates’ priorities since being installed May 29, 2008 have been:

  • Building up a Vocation culture that invites everyone to play a role:

  • Reaching out to newcomers, particularly Spanish-speaking people;

  • Educating and experiencing Evangelization; and

  • Engaging youth and young adults as vibrant and valued members of the faith community.

To learn more about what Bishop Pates has said, check out his: