The Diocese of Des Moines

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Summer intern

Nicholas Smith, a seminarian, is interning in the diocesan Communications Office this summer. The internship gives him an opportunity to report stories, take photos, create a social media campaign, produce a video and more. It also gives him an opportunity to learn more about the diocese and the people we serve. 


New Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Justin White, a former theology teacher at Dowling Catholic High School is the new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in diocese. A native of West Des Moines, White holds a master's degree from The Catholic University of America in historical and systematic theology as well as a bachelor's degree in philosophy and theology from the same institution. 

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Memorial Day Mass 
Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate the annual Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29 at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. In case of rain, Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. at St. Theresa Church, 1230 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Memorial Day is a federal holiday when we remember the men and women who died in military service to the United States.

Stephen Kim’s killing and that of Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio and Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin are the prominent homicides among the 25 in the city of Des Moines in the past 16 months. Guns were the weapons used in most of these cases. They were in the hands of irresponsible users. Lives and families have been shattered as a consequence. So often, when tragedies take beloved lives, family and friend survivors take action to prevent or limit the likelihood of repetition. Shouldn’t we ask our legislators that in securing the Second Amendment they also take steps to ensure that these weapons are exclusively in the hands of responsible citizens? It is only then that safety and security are more greatly assured and that lives of innocent people continue enriching our society. Isn’t our business, and the Legislature’s, unfinished?

Dr. Dan Ryan has been selected as the next president of Dowling Catholic High School. He will begin at the school on July 1, 2017. Ryan will assume the position from long-time president Dr. Jerry Deegan, who announced his retirement in late 2016. Deegan will continue in his role until the fall of 2017 to ensure a smooth transition of duties.

Justin White, a theology teacher at Dowling Catholic High School since 2012 and more recently co-chair of the Theology Department of the school, has been named by Bishop Richard Pates as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Des Moines effective June 1, 2017.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations.

For the first time in recent history, the number of religious priests has increased!

Emphasizes Importance of Studying the Faith as an Organic Whole

The 2012 celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed in the United States on the weekend of Feb. 4-5.