The Diocese of Des Moines

Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation



Website for Evangelization resources

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership is hosting a curated website for resources related to Catholic Evangelization.  You will find useful resources on the site for all aspects of ministry to and within the parish community.  Simply follow the link to the site.


Saint Joseph Educational Center Website

Available for all

The Saint Joseph Educational Center has been a physical resource for the parishes in the Des Moines metropolitan region since 1972.  The Center is funded by the parishes in an effort to enhance adult faith formation and better serve the laity of the region.  Not every region of the diocese is able to have full time staff people supporting the diocesan vison of adult formation and life-long growth in faith. The Center's website is a resource for all parishes in the diocese.  Follow the link to SJECIOWA.ORG


                              More Adult Formation Resources Online


Are you looking for food for your spiritual journey and are not sure where to begin?  Would you like to have something delivered to your computer, tablet or smart phone daily?  Perhaps Lent is the perfect time to explore the sites listed below and incorporate one or more of them into your routine.


Concord Pastor Comments                                                
            daily reflections from Fr. Austin Fleming in
            Concord, NJ

Creighton University Ministries On-line                             
            Daily reflections, on-line retreat in the Jesuit

Divine Office On-line                                                            
            Prayer of the Church/Liturgy of the Hours

Divine Office On-line                                                            
            Prayer of the Church/Liturgy of the Hours and
            daily readings

Henri Nouwen Society                                                         
            Daily reflections from the works of noted
            author, Fr. Henri Nouwen. 

Loyola Press                                                                         
            Three-minute retreat in the Jesuit
            tradition offered on-line

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI                                                         
            Daily reflections from noted theologian
            and author, Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Sacred Space                                                                        
            Website of the Irish Jesuits offering
            daily reflections         

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops                    
            The readings of the day are available,
            you may sign-up to have the readings
            delivered to your in-box daily at no charge

University of Notre Dame                                                     
            Reflections on the readings
            from the daily mass


Spirituality Resources:

In the Diocese of Des Moines, there are people and places to assist with spiritual growth. Any person, any group, any church, people of all faiths can draw upon these spiritual resources.  These people and places can nourish you, your group or your church.  Contact any of these resources for more information. 


Creighton University Retreat Center
16493 Contrail Avenue
Griswold, Iowa 51535


Emmaus House
1521 Center Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50314