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Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Want to learn, serve, find comfort and compassion? The Diocese of Des Moines welcomes you!

About Us

Catholic Schools

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

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Meet the Bishop

Led by our shepherd, Bishop Pates, we help people know God and love God.

Bishop Pates

Parish & Mass Times

We serve the 23 counties of central and southwest Iowa, making it easy to find a parish near you!

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Destiny's children rely on her kindness, companionship

See how one young Catholic puts her #FaithinAction by providing opportunities to some of the poorest children in our community. 


News & Blog

News: Diocese Searches for Interim Schools Superintendent

May 17, 2019

The search for a new diocesan Interim Schools Superintendent is underway. Candidates must hold a schools superintendent license. The interim superintendent will oversee 17 Catholic schools with more than 6,300 students.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Education - A First Priority

May 14, 2019

Expand the pool of resources for education so that all of our children can pursue an education that meets their needs while producing solid citizens committed to the American tradition.

Marriage & Family Life: Finding Jesus in Our Homes

May 14, 2019

We call the family the domestic church. That's a fancy way of saying that Christ is present to us in our homes in the ordinary, the mundane and the messy.

Diocesan Events

St. Albert Graduation

May 19, 2019 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: St. Albert School, Council Bluffs

Congratulations, seniors, on your graduation. Continue growing in your faith as you prepare to take the next step in life's journey.

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.