The Diocese of Des Moines




Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

Bishop Richard Pates asks parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines to hold a special collection in the next few weeks to provide financial aid for the Gulf Coast devastated by the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey and subsequent rain that's dumped an unprecedented amount of water on Texas.


All contributions will be given on behalf of the Diocese of Des Moines to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to be used where there is the greatest need.


"The images we're seeing from Corpus Christi, Rockport and Houston show communities suffering unimaginable damage from wind and rain that continues to fall at unprecedented levels. Homes are flooded. Cars are submerged. The pictures of families fleeing their homes with just the clothes on their backs, of people wading chest-deep in water seeking shelter, are heartbreaking," said Bishop Pates.


In addition to financial support, he asks for prayers for those affected.


"This is a time when people of good will must come together to provide prayer and support to our neighbors to the south, he added. The toll of the storm will continue to rise and we know the recovery process will be long and arduous."




The Diocese of Des Moines welcomes you and wishes to thank you for your generous support.   Donors wishing to make an ONLINE gift may now opt to use their credit cards for single payments or "set it and forget it" recurring gifts!  Donors are asked to register on the new website to enjoy all of the features available.  Now, you can view your charitable giving history, update your address, set up your own Automatic Withdrawal from your checking account or credit card payments.


Registration is not required to make an online payment, but we encourage you to  join our community!  Instructions for joining and making a gift can be found at the link on the left of this page.



The Diocese of Des Moines provides many opportunities for people to share their gifts.  The following is a list of local and national collections donors can support.  To support a national collection, follow the link to the donation page for that organization.  For all local collections and appeals, visit


2017 SPECIAL Collections

January 29           Project HOPE

March 5                Annual Diocesan Appeal

March 26              Catholic Relief Services

April 14                 Holy Land Collection (Good Friday)

May 7                   Catholic Communications Campaign

May 14                 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

June 25                Peters Pence

July 16                 Catholic Charities

August 6              Collection for the Church in Africa

September 17      Seminarian Special Collection

September 25      Louisiana Disaster Relief

October 22           World Mission Sunday (also supports Catholic Home Missions, Church in

                              Eastern Europe, and Church in Latin America.)

November 19      Catholic Campaign for Human Development (USCCB)

December 10      Retirement Fund for Religious