The Diocese of Des Moines

Religious Liberty

Call to Prayer

The U.S. Catholic bishops have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. Find out how you can join thousands of Catholics across the country who are responding to their invitation. Watch their video here.



2014 Fortnight for Freedom

June 21 - July 4


Join us for our diocesan Fortnight for Freedom event to pray for religious liberty and the freedom to serve.  This year's event will consist of a holy hour, keynote presentation by Omar Gutièrrez, and reception at St. Ambrose Cathedral on Sunday June 22nd!  The event will be held from 2-4 pm.  All are invited!



A message from Bishop Richard Pates

"I join my brother American bishops calling for a third “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day.  In 2014, we continue to face many challenges to religious liberty.  Through prayer, study, and peaceful public action during the Fortnight for Freedom, we hope to remind ourselves and others throughout the Diocese of Des Moines about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom.  As Archbishop Cordileone stated, the Fortnight for Freedom is, “not another program but part of a movement for life, marriage, and religious liberty.”  My hope is that our participation in this movement will both celebrate and support these fundamental American values.