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Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Welcome to our diocesan website! I hope you find the information and resources you need plus a whole lot more. We're using not only new technology, but new social communication tools. These are a means of providing information and resources, educating on Church teachings and their application to current-day events, and fostering a dialogue for all of us on a journey to grow closer to God.

I encourage you to check back here often and sign up to receive the latest news and information through the blog and our social media presence.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines


News & Blog

Mass at the Iowa State Fair

August 10, 2018

If you're planning to be at the Iowa State Fair early on either Sunday of the fair, join us for Mass. We'll be at Pioneer Hall and Mass begins at 7:15 a.m.

Let's Get Psyched! In the Midst of Chaos, There are Glimpses of Heaven

August 3, 2018

There is order in the midst of life's chaos and, because it's God's design, it is holy.

Ask a Priest: Mass times, visiting priests and confirmation

July 18, 2018

The Ask a Priest column addresses several questions each month.

Diocesan Events

CLADD West September Session - Conversations & Best Practices to Catechize Your Catechists

September 18, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: St. Patrick Parish (Faith Formation Building), 308 3rd Street, Neola, IA 51559

What are the best methods you have discovered to catechize your catechists? Do you struggle in this area? Join two of our diocese's most experienced catechetical leaders as they facilitate a discussion and share their experiences. Facilitated by Patsy Carlson and Cindee Hays. Please register by September 14 so we have plenty of resources and to help Bernie in planning food.

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.


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