The Diocese of Des Moines

Church Design & Renovation

The design or renovation of your worship space is an exciting and formative time in the life of a parish community.  The Office of Worship works closely with parishes as they plan and design renovations and new church buildings.  As the Diocesan Building Guidelines state, any parish or pastor planning to make any change in the worship space should plan to work with the Office of Worship as you make plans.  This is to help ask questions and to guide the processes based on experiences had and successes and mistakes made along the way by many other parishes.  

If you’re new to the building or renovation process, becoming familiar with the USCCB document on liturgical art and environment, Built of Living Stones, is important and helpful (see the link at left).

Please contact the Worship Office to begin or inquire about this process.  

Recent Projects

New Construction

St. Elizabeth Church, Carlisle (inquiry phase)

St. Patrick Church, Council Bluffs (design phase)

St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Ankeny (Blessing and Dedication was June 20, 2015) Worship Aid 

St. Joseph Chapel at Dowling Catholic High School (blessed on May 9, 2015) Worship Aid

St. Monica Chapel at St. Augustin School, Des Moines (blessed on June 21, 2013) - Worship Aid

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Indianola (Dedicated August 23, 2012) - Worship Aid

St. Joseph Church, Winterset (dedicated on August 23, 2009)  - Worship Aid


Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, Ankeny (Re-dedicated June 20, 2010) - Worship Aid

St. Joseph, Des Moines (Re-dedicated on October 18, 2009)