The Diocese of Des Moines

Diocese of Des Moines Youth Ministry



The Diocesan Youth Council is now accepting applications (above)!  The Youth Council meets every other month, and is responsible for planning & implementing the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference, as well as helping to plan youth retreats and other elements of outreach to all of our high-school aged diocesan youth.  





It's tremendously important that we, as a Church, share our stories of faith with one another.  All too often, a fear of seeming self-centered, prideful, or "holier than thou" keeps us from allowing our faith in Christ to become a truly public affair.  Through our #WednesdayWitness posts, we hope to help the witnesses to the joy of Christ in Des Moines proclaim the message of the Gospel that much louder and further.  


E-mail your answers to the above questions, along with a clear picture of yourself that can be published on social media, and if selected, Justin White will follow-up with you to see about publishing your story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


You don't have to e-mail about yourself if you'd rather not.  If instead you'd rather nominate someone who you believe has a story to tell, and is someone who lives as Christ through all they do every day, who makes the ordinary extraordinary by building the Kingdom of God through it, please send those in as well!




If you would like consultation on youth ministry or have any questions, please contact Justin White, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, at, or by phone at 515-237-5098.  If you are a new youth minister (paid or volunteer), please let us know who you are so we can support you in your important work and keep you up to date!


          Bishop Pates on Adolescent Catechesis and Youth Ministry


  • Bishop Pates issued his first pastoral letter on May 21, 2010 on the topic of adolescent catechesis. Read his introduction and his pastoral letter.


  • On May 17, 2012 Bishop Richard Pates announced a new diocesan policy regarding church/school activities on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. This policy is the culmination of a pastoral vision for high school youth that includes a comprehensive approach to adolescent catechesis.