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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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Ignite! Campaign is underway

Be a part of the Ignite! Campaign as we invest in our future!

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Supporting Moms in Need

Find out how you and your parish can support life by helping pregnant and parenting moms.

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Visit Jesus

Are you experiencing "spiritual attention deficit disorder"? Spend time with Jesus, particularly in adoration. Our parishes are offering opportunities for you to find peace, forgiveness, healing & God's love.

Holy Hours

Reflections: Roe vs. Wade Overturned

Bishop William Joensen of the Diocese of Des Moines reflects on the overturn of Roe v. Wade with Jessica Hernandez, coordinator of Hispanic Ministry. Hernandez is an immigrant and was born to a single mother, who received help from the church.




Priestly Ordination

Deacon Alex Kramer is one of three men who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Des Moines on Friday, June 24. Deacon Kramer reflects on his Catholic upbringing and vocation call. 









News & Blog

Newly ordained priests given their assignments

June 27, 2022

Newly ordained priests will serve in Des Moines, Ankeny and continue studies.

Bishop: Feast of freedom and hope

June 14, 2022

I want humans to stop making a stench that stems from denying each other's dignity, their right to exist on this planet. More than retribution, I want reconciliation. With all these unrequited desires, there's one thing above all else that enables me to go on: the Eucharist.

Faith That Conquers: Summertime is a season of milestones

June 14, 2022

New chapters and major life changes can feel scary. Unfamiliar. And sometimes solitary. But these moments offer us the opportunity to lean on God and his promises.

Diocesan Events

Healing Prayer Service

July 20, 2022 5:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

The monthly prayer service for healing is moving up its start time to 5:30pm. every third Wednesday of the month. All are welcome to join us at St. Ambrose Cathedral to ask God for spiritual, emotional and/or physical healing.

Join African missionary priests and religious women at Mass

July 29, 2022 5:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

Join African missionary priests and religious women, who are gathering in Des Moines for their annual conference, at a 5 p.m. Mass on Friday, 7/29 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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.