The Diocese of Des Moines

Locations and Hours

The Diocese of Des Moines's main administrative building, called the Catholic Pastoral Center, is the home of the bishop's office, most diocesan and Catholic Charities offices. It is located at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, east across 6th Street is the Polk County Convention Complex, and north across High Street is St. Ambrose Cathedral. The three-story, mostly black steel and glass building is on the state historical registry. Built by modern architecture pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it was originally a savings and loan and still has a drive-through lane on the north side of the building.


Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Main number: 515-243-7653

Fax: 515-237-5070


Catholic Charities, also located at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, offers extended hours some nights for those using the Counseling Program. Counseling services are also available at the following parishes:

  • Altoona -- A counselor is at Ss. John and Paul Church in Altoona on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Ankeny -- A counselor is at Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart in Ankeny on Thursdays offering late afternoon and evening appointments.

  • Waukee -- A counselor is at St. Boniface in Waukee on Wednesday mornings.

  • Osceola & Perry -- for an appointment with a counselor, call 515-237-5018.

 To schedule an appointment, call 515-244-3761 or 515-243-7653.


Catholic Charities has two additional outreach centers in Des Moines.

  • The St. Mary Family Center, a center for free food and clothing, is at 1815 Hubbell Ave.

  • The St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter, the only homeless shelter in Polk County that welcomes both parents and children, keeping the family unit together. It is located at 1535 11th St.


Catholic Charities offers outreach at two facilities in Council Bluffs. 

  • Counseling is available at 300 W. Broadway, Suite 223. Call 712-328-3086 to make an appointment.

  • The Phoenix House, a shelter for women and children coping with domestic violence, is also available. In addition to offering shelter, the Phoenix House is a base for Catholic Charities' sexual abuse court advocate, community education effort and volunteer coordinator. Call 712-256-2059 for more information.