The Diocese of Des Moines

Statement regarding Father Yamoah — 

The Diocese of Des Moines is aware of the arrest of Rev. Dominic Yamoah on July 9. He has been suspended from public ministry pending the outcome of the investigation and legal proceedings. Father Yamoah is the pastor of three parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines: St. Clare in Clarinda, Sacred Heart in Bedford and St. Joseph in Villisca. The Diocese of Des Moines will make arrangements for the pastoral care of the parishioners of these three parishes during the time of the suspension.

Bishop Richard Pates, of the Diocese of Des Moines, has been in contact with Father Yamoah. “Father Yamoah very sincerely regrets his actions. Father Yamoah and the diocese will fully cooperate with legal authorities on the matter,” said Bishop Pates.