Checklist available for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The diocese has posted on its website a checklist of documents needed by young undocumented immigrants who need temporary protection from deportation and a work permit. The checklist is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Bishop Pates and the U.S. bishops welcomed the June 15 decision to halt deportations of youth who were brought to this country while they were children.
When the Obama Administration made the announcement, the Diocese of Des Moines issued the following statement.
Bishop Richard Pates joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in welcoming the decision by President Obama, announced Friday, June 15, to halt deportations of youth who were brought to this country while they were children. The President’s decision applies to those who are: under age 30, were brought to the United States when they were under the age of 16, have lived in the United States for at least five years and are in school, obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate or were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
“This is a long overdue initiative,” said Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates. “I have met many young people who were brought to this country by their parents and, while I do not know who among them is documented, I do know that they bring a great many gifts to share with us. This is a terrific relief to families who feared being torn apart and a great opportunity for young people to contribute to our communities.”
Bishop Pates said he hopes this change in immigration status, which is similar to the DREAM Act, can be codified into law so that it is not subject to the whim of whoever is President. The Diocese of Des Moines is working with several other organizations to develop opportunities for young immigrants to earn their GED. As plans are made regarding this initiative, information will be released.
Fourteen organizations located within the 23 counties of the Diocese of Des Moines received grants totaling $12,000 from Catholic Relief Services (CRS)' Rice Bowl campaign to support their work to help the needy.
Des Moines, IA - Catholic Charities received $10,000 in grants from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino through its 2012 Community Betterment Program. The grants will benefit Catholic Charities' Poverty Reduction Programs, including St. Mary Family Center.
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.
Twelve Saint Albert students participated in District History Day on Saturday, March 23, at the Council Bluffs Public Library.
Congratulations to Assumption (Granger); St. Francis of Assisi (West Des Moines) and St. Augustin (Des Moines) Schools’ mock trial teams for advancing to the Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament held in Des Moines on December 6-8.
Dowling Catholic High School is pleased to announce its ten National Merit Semifinalists for the 2012-13 school year. This impressive amount of students not only surpasses last year's number (8), but also all of the Des Moines metro area schools.
A report released from ACT revealed that students from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Des Moines achieved a composite score of 24.1 in 2012.
Sister Mary Christine Athans, BVM, will be at St. Theresa Church in Des Moines on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. to talk about her new book "In Quest for the Jewish Mary."
Bishop Richard Pates congratulates Dubuque Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus, OSB on his retirement after having served northeast Iowa for nearly 19 years. Bishop Pates also congratulates Archbishop-designate Michael O. Jackels, of Wichita, Kan. on his appointment by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Statement regarding local appearance of Theresa Caputo.
Thousands of people were drawn to the diocese's Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic on Sunday, July 1 in celebration of our freedom and to talk about threats to our religious liberty. People walked from St. Ambrose Cathedral in downtown Des Moines to the Capitol's east lawn for a picnic.
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.