The Diocese of Des Moines


The Department of Communications assists the bishop, diocesan offices, Catholic schools and parishes throughout southwest Iowa with marketing and public relations. The department is responsible for:

  • The Catholic Mirror diocesan newspaper
    A 16-page tabloid published the third Friday of each month and distributed to all registered Catholic households in the diocese. This is the premier communication tool for the diocese, with a focus is on local news. The newspaper accepts advertising subject to approval by the editor. Contact the editor, Anne Marie Cox, or mutlimedia journalist Kelly Mescher Collins for details. Click here for more information or to check out an archive of recent issues.

  • “In the Heartland With Bishop Pates” radio show
    A weekly radio show broadcast live on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on 1150 KWKY Iowa Catholic Radio in Des Moines and Spirit Catholic Radio Network 102.7 FM in Omaha. The show reaches from Lincoln, Neb. to the west to Atlantic, Iowa to the east. The show, hosted by Bishop Richard Pates and Dr. Thomas Neal, director of the St. Joseph Educational Center, focuses on local and national issues of importance related to the Catholic faith. Click here for an archive of recent shows. The show replays on KWKY on Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 8 .m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

  • Public Relations
    The diocesan Communications Office assists with promoting events and programs within the Catholic community and the greater community. Check out an archive of recent press releases. Anyone interested in receiving diocesan press releases can e-mail their contact information to the diocesan Communications Office.

  • Online Communication
    The diocesan Communications Office is responsible for maintaining the diocesan website and diocesan social communication tools. Here are guidelines for social media from the Diocese of Des Moines and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • “In the Diocesan Loop” monthly e-newsletter
    An e-mail that goes out on the first Friday of every month to a list of about 1,000 people in diocesan, parish and school leadership throughout the diocese. Anyone interested in receiving this on a regular basis, or getting previous issues, can send a note to the Communications Office. Check out archived copies here.

  • Catholic Communication Campaign
    An annual special collection in parishes, generally done in May, with a portion of the funds used for local communication efforts and a portion sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for communication efforts. In the past, grants from this local funding opportunity have been made for computer software, digital cameras, website design efforts and more in parishes and schools within the diocese.

  • Marketing of special events/programs



Anne Marie Cox

Director :: 515-237-5046

Kelly Mescher Collins
Multimedia Journalist:: 515-237-5054

Sandy Riesberg
Administrative Secretary :: 515-237-5046