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We are a vibrant faith community inviting every person to an encounter with Jesus Christ and experience his call to friendship and communion.

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Support Tornado Relief

This spring, tornadoes have caused devastation across the state, including in communities within our diocese. To support these communities as they rebuild, the Diocese of Des Moines is holding a special collection.


National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

"...As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species." (CCC 1379)

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Annual Diocesan Appeal

Through the ADA we are able to prepare disciples for the domestic church, welcome people into communion, cultivate a culture of servant leadership and draw young people into deeper communion.


Catholic Schools

There are millions of reasons why a Catholic education is the best education around. Witness the difference!

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Why Mass?

Is Mass just for those who have it all together? Hardly! Our new video series explores faith in Jesus and the value of Sunday Mass for our real lives, struggles and all.

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Meet the Deaf Community at St. Catherine of Siena

Are you a member of the Deaf Community and looking for your faith home? The St. Catherine of Siena Parish & Student Center has an active Deaf Ministry, offering Bible studies, movie nights, and ASL interpretation at Mass.

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News & Blog

Prayer Vigil Opposes SF 2340, Supports Immigrant Families

June 10, 2024

Over 100 people attended Sunday night's prayer vigil, led by Bishop Joensen on the steps of the St. Ambrose Cathedral in opposition of SF 2340.

"Infinite Dignity" in Selma, Alabama

May 15, 2024

Bishop Joensen reflects on his recent trip in to Montgomery & Selma, Alabama in light of a the recent papal document on human dignity.

Education Fueled by Imagination at Holy Family

May 14, 2024

A seventh grader's creativity and ingenuity in building a programmable robot inspires his classmates and sparked an interest at his inner-city school to create a robotics program. The challenge is finding a dedicated faculty member and sustainable funding.

Diocesan Events

Iowa March for Life

June 22, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Iowa State Capitol, 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50319

The Iowa March for Life is an opportunity to proclaim the value of all human life and advocate for the protection of life in our law.

Ministries & Services

Service Opportunities

Looking for a place to share your time and talent in service to others? There are several ways to get involved within Des Moines and our surrounding communities.


The Diocese of Des Moines provides many opportunities for people to share their gifts. Your generosity and support impact children and families of our community.

Catholic Social Teaching

In Catholic Social Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.