The Diocese of Des Moines

Marriage and Family Life


Call to prayer

The U.S. Catholic bishops have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. Find out how you can join thousands of Catholics across the country who are responding to their invitation.


Making time for families and faith

Pope John Paul II described families as the domestic church. To make more time for families and faith, Bishop Richard Pates announced May 17, 2012 a new diocesan policy for parish and school facilities on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. The policy is the culmination of a pastoral vision for high school youth that includes a comprehensive approach to adolescent faith formation. See the policy here.



The Diocese of Des Moines offers a number of ministries and resources to support families in their joys and challenges.

Read the first pastoral letter by Bishop Pates, issued May 21, 2010, on adolescent catechesis.