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.


The Catholic Pastoral Center is undergoing rehabilitation during 2017. All mail can continue coming to its address and it will be forwarded to the diocese's temporary office space at 1 Ruan Center, 666 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. 


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. It, too, is in temporary work space at 1 Ruan Center during 2017.