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Bishop William Joensen was ordained a bishop just a few short months ago.

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As Catholic Christians and persons of good will, we recognize how easily we can be drawn into a contentious climate and fall short of basic charity in our attitudes and our speech. St. Peter cautions the early Christian community: "Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander" (1 Peter 2:1).

The Diocese of Des Moines, in collaboration with the U.S. bishops, is rolling out an initiative called Civilize It, which encourages greater civility, compassion and clarity in dialogue and engagement that will deepen our appreciation for varied voices, grounded in the belief that each of us by nature is inclined toward the true, the good, and the beautiful. 

News & Blog

News: Parish changes Mass times to accommodate people's needs

February 21, 2020

After consulting with surrounding parishes and pastors, Father PJ McManus increased and changed the Mass and reconciliation times with more offered in after work hours.

Discover the Difference: The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

February 19, 2020

There are several benefits to early childhood education. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines offer several options. Contact your local Catholic school to learn how your child can get a jump on his or her education!

Marriage & Family Life: Incarnate love

February 19, 2020

Love needs to be chosen and acted upon every day.

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