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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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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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Ignite! Campaign is underway

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

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Catholic Schools

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

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A priest's first chalice holds deep meaning

When a man is about to be ordained a priest, he is gifted or purchases a chalice that has deep meaning for him. Go to the 5-minute mark in this video to see our very own Deacon Jason Lee explain where he got his chalice and the significance of the details in it. Deacon Lee will be ordained a priest at the end of June.







News & Blog

'Be Welcoming': New Sculpture Inspires

May 17, 2023

A new, three-dimensional, interactive sculpture by world famous artist Timothy Schmalz is being installed at St. Ambrose facing Sixth Avenue. The artwork invites people to welcome others.

Bishop: Mother of the Church, Our Mother

May 17, 2023

Though we know our suffering on this earth will one day end, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, draws us ever more intimately into the Kingdom that will never end.

Discover the Difference: Learning Never Stops

May 17, 2023

Every month, our Catholic school administrators model continuous learning by advancing their own knowledge of discovering best practices in education.

Diocesan Events

Young Catholic Network - Rooftop Social & Speaker Panel

June 13, 2023 6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Market One Building - 130 East Third Street Des Moines, IA 50309

Welcome to the Young Catholic Network! Join us on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 for another evening of prayer, food & drink, networking, and panel featuring a local professionals on living our shared faith today.

Creighton University to host online Laudato Si’ conference

June 14, 2023 5:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Online

Registration is open for an online conference focusing on "Laudato Si" thanks to Creighton University.

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.