The Diocese of Des Moines

Chancellor appointment — 

Bishop Richard Pates announced today, in conjunction with ongoing organizational and succession planning of the Diocese of Des Moines, the appointment of Sister Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM, as Director of Administrative and Special Services and Assistant to the Bishop, a role which she fulfilled from 2005-2007 and which she continued to fulfill during her nine-year term as Chancellor of the diocese.

Sister Jude has served the Diocese of Des Moines for a total of 26 years as Superintendent of Schools, Chancellor and as Director of Administrative and Special Services.

“Sister Jude is an integral part of the fabric of the Diocese of Des Moines, deeply loved and appreciated for her generous and capable service, her warmth and friendship and her unwavering dedication to the faith. We look forward to Sister’s continuing participation in the life of the diocese in an important role for many years to come,” Bishop Pates stated.

Jason Kurth has been appointed by Bishop Pates to the role of Chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines. Jason is a graduate of Valley High School. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and also a Master of Church Administration degree from Villanova University. Jason taught theology at Dowling Catholic High School for three years. In the last seven years, Jason has served in the diocesan roles of Vocation Specialist, Vice-Chancellor, Co-Chancellor and now as Chancellor. He and his wife, Lindsay, and their two small children attend St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines.

“Jason Kurth is well prepared to serve as Chancellor of the diocese by virtue of his strong faith, temperament and background. He is a worthy successor to Sister Jude,” Bishop Pates noted.