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Davenport Bishop Martin Amos offered the invocation at the Jan. 14 inauguration of Gov. Terry Branstad, who is beginning his fifth term in office. Gov. Branstad and his wife, Chris, are Catholic and most likely will worship at Christ the King Parish in Des Moines, where their friend Msgr. Frank Bognanno is the pastor.

An interfaith prayer service of dedication was held at St. Ambrose Cathedral on Jan. 13 at which Gov.-elect Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Reynolds pledged to serve the people of Iowa.

Bishop Richard Pates announced two extremely generous Christmas gifts that will lay the foundation for the creation of a new parish in Ankeny to be named St. Luke the Evangelist. Bishop Pates named Father Lawrence Hoffmann as pastor of the new parish effective Jan. 1, 2011.

The Diocese of Des Moines was advised today of the tragic death of the beloved Sr. Stella Neill, RSM, due to a single-car accident last night. Sister Stella was not only a leader in the Catholic community but in the broader community, specifically related to housing issues. She was the founder of Anawim Housing and has assisted the diocesan Senior Housing Corp. In a note to all priests, sisters and deacons of the diocese, Bishop Richard Pates said: "We are very much aware of Sister Stella’s enormous contributions to her religious community, to the Diocese of Des Moines, to the religious women in this diocese and her indefatigable leadership and service to the poor through the housing projects of Anawim and most recently the housing initiative of Christ the King Parish." Funeral arrangements are pending. Please watch the diocesan blog and Facebook page for details as they become available.

Bishop Richard Pates, in unison with Pope Benedict XVI, prayed this past Saturday at St. Ambrose Cathedral for those awaing birth in the womb of their mothers.

The following is a list of communal penance services held in Catholic churches the Des Moines area during this Advent season.

Seminarian Guthrie Dolan was ordained a deacon on Friday, Nov. 19 at St. Joseph Church in Des Moines. Being ordained to the transitional diaconate is the last major step toward priesthood. Deacon Dolan will be ordained a priest on Friday, June 3 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

Diocesan Centennial begins 
Diocese of Des Moines begins its centennial celebration marking its 100th anniversary as a diocese.

The Christ Our Life Catholic Conference is Oct. 16-17 at Wells Fargo Arena. Go to for tickets and more information.

Seminarian Convocation 
Seminarians gather for Day of Reflection, convocation before heading back to school.

Founder of Cristo Rey in DM 
Jesuit Father John Foley, founder of the Cristo Rey model for high school, visited Des Moines on Thursday, July 1, to promote the Cristo Rey concept. The Diocese of Des Moines is doing a feasibility study to determine the viability of such a school in the Des Moines metro area.

Catholic Youth Camp celebrated 50 years of serving youth in the Diocese of Des Moines on May 29.

Deacon Zach Kautzky shared with The Catholic Spotlight radio show a few years ago how he first heard his call to be a priest, his response, and the faith journey that has led him to his ordination day on Friday, June 4.

Folks from across the diocese gathered at St. Francis of Assisi May 20 to pick up practical strategies for helping families make the Bible relevant to their everyday lives.

Catholic Charities to independently continue resettling refugees, continuing a legacy of helping those fleeing their homeland due to war and persecution.

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