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Statement of Bishop Richard Pates On the Cancellation of DACA

I join the voices of the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in deploring the cancellation of the DACA program. This action engenders needless fear among many of our young people who have already established their credentials for being good citizens: education, employment in needed industries, extensive contributions throughout the economic spectrum. I personally know many of the individuals affected. They are people of strong community and religious values. Their departure from our midst would create a cultural and societal deficit which our country can ill afford. Governor Ray set the standard for outreach to refugees and immigrants for us Iowans. All of us have benefited from the arrival of these brothers and sisters and have been significantly enriched. I encourage the Iowa delegation to the U.S. Congress to take on the mantle of Governor Ray's compassion and caring. In the very process we will manifest our humanitarian instincts and be much the better off.


Me uno a las voces del liderazgo de la Conferencia Episcopal Católica de los Estados Unidos lamentando la cancelación del programa DACA. Este acto genera temor innecesario entre muchos de nuestros jóvenes quienes ya han demostrado su condición de buenos ciudadanos: educación, empleo en industrias que los necesitan, amplias contribuciones en todo el espectro económico. Yo conozco personalmente a muchos de los individuos que están siendo afectados. Ellas son personas con fuertes valores comunitarios y religiosos. El alejarlos de nuestro entorno crearía un déficit cultural y social el cual nuestro país difícilmente pudiera soportar. El Gobernador Ray estableció los estándares de alcance hacia los refugiados e inmigrantes en Iowa. Todos nosotros nos hemos beneficiado de la llegada de estos hermanos y hermanas y nos hemos enriquecido significativamente. Exhorto a la delegación de Iowa en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos a que tomen el ejemplo del Gobernador Ray sobre la compasión y el cuidado. En este mismo proceso manifestaremos nuestros instintos humanitarios y estaremos mucho mejor.

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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.