The Diocese of Des Moines

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Bishop Richard Pates named Adam Storey as the new diocesan vice chancellor effective Jan. 15. He will serve part time as vice chancellor while continuing in his full-time role as diocesan director of the Marriage and Family Life Office.


“I am grateful to Adam for accepting this additional responsibility and am confident he will fulfill well all of our expectations,” said Bishop Richard Pates.


In his new role, Storey will be a member of the diocese’s Executive Committee, an advisory group to the bishop, and will undertake administrative projects as assigned by the bishop.


Storey has served as the diocesan director of the Marriage and Family Life Office since January 2012. Prior to serving the diocese, he was a theology teacher at Dowling Catholic High School, in West Des Moines, from 2009-2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute. He served the U.S. Marine Corps and is a former diocesan seminarian. He and his family belong to the Basilica of St. John Parish in Des Moines.

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Survivor Statement Project 
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Wells Fargo Shelter Grant 
We are so pleased to be awarded a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo for our emergency family shelter operations! This grant will help fund the operations of our shelter by sustaining the infrastructure that temporarily alleviates the burden of housing for homeless families. This allows our staff to...

Refugee Summit 2016 
Refugee Summit 2016 The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Team attended and participated in the Refugee Summit hosted by area service providers and United Way. The Refugee Summit was held at Plymouth Church in Des Moines on October 7, 2016. The summit was a way of...

Conversion of food pantry to an improved, choice-style pantry requires Catholic Charities to no longer offer clothing as of January 1, 2017.

Catholic Charities Testimonials  View All

This event has always been one of my favorites because it was at the 2005 Catholic Charities Night at the I-Cubs when I first learned of the breadth of services offered by Catholic Charities in the Des Moines Diocese and began my volunteer involvement with a wonderful organization! - Event Chairperson & Board Member Samantha Chambers

I was recently asked, “What sets Catholic Charities Counseling Program apart from others?” My simple response was that we have the pleasure and the opportunity to provide therapy services for all those that may need it. Our sliding fee scale enables us to provide quality, professional services to those who may otherwise not be able to access services. We also take insurance allowing people who do have the option to utilize their health care benefits. But that’s not all.

A special thank you from a client to Catholic Charities' St. Mary Family Center.

I am a better person because of my work with Catholic Charities.

Diocesan School News  View All

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Des Moines is pleased to announce that St. Theresa fourth grade teacher Ronda McCarthy is one of 154 teachers from across the US and the only Iowa teacher accepted into the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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Bishop Richard Pates named Adam Storey vice chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines.

Bishop Richard Pates assures of his loyalty and support to immigrants and the Hispanic community following President Trump's executive order "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements."

In view of the upcoming anniversary events planned by the Catholic Worker House of Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates, has reissued a statement on behalf of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Des Moines. At this time, it is restated that the anticipated event involving a Reverend Janice Sevre-Duszynska is not a Catholic Mass and is knowingly in serious conflict with current Church teaching and practice.

The Diocese of Des Moines statement regarding Rev. Dominic Yamoah.

Vocations  View All

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.