The Diocese of Des Moines

CLADD Meetings starting January 2018

WEST: Tuesday, January 16, 2017--Missouri Valley, St. Patrick-(9AM-12PM)

EAST: Thursday, January 18, 2017-- Altoona, SS John & Paul (9AM-12:30PM)

SOUTH: Thursday, March 8, 2017--Afton, St. Edwards Parish--(6PM-8:30PM)



Growing Disciples E-Newsletter

Attached please find a copy of the Growing Disciples E-Newsletter for December 13, 2017 published every Wednesday from August through May. If you do not receive this E-Newsletter, please contact Sherri Simmer at  


Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (formerly the Diocesan Youth Rally)

Mark your calendars for Oct. 22, 2017 for the new & improved Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference to be held at the Iowa Events Center.  Speaker: Chris Padgett and Musician: Eric Webster. Contact Sherri Simmer for details or 515-237-5058. This day is for Middle School & High School Youth. Click here for the flyer.

NOVOS -Young Adult Mass

Young Adult Mass and Social  - 4th Thursday of the Month

Sponsored by Novos Young Adults

All 20-and-30-somethings seeking faith and fellowship are invited to the diocesan young adult Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High St.) in downtown Des Moines.  Doors open early with confession being offered at 6 p.m. and the rosary prayed at 6:30 p.m.  The young adult Mass begins at 7 p.m.  Afterwards, we'll go somewhere downtown for dinner/drinks and socializing.  For more information, contact Justin White at 515-237-5098, or visit Novos Young Adults on Facebook at




Charitable & Non-Profit Organization Directory 2014

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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.

Mass with Seminarians, August 20, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI gives guidance and support to seminarians for their years of formation.

VATICAN CITY, 27 SEP 2011 (VIS) - On Saturday 24 September, during the course of his apostolic visit to Germany, the Holy Father met with seminarians in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, whom he addressed off-the-cuff in German. Extracts of his remarks are given below.

MAYNOOTH, Ireland, OCT. 18, 2011 ( Answering the "call" is getting a little easier these days, and in a surprising place. Those who want more information on joining the Catholic priesthood in Ireland need look no further than their smart phone.

The clergy topped the list of the Ten Happiest Jobs found in an article at, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago.   Read the whole article here:  ...

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