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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.

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Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines


News & Blog

News: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe schedule

December 3, 2018

Parishes in the diocese will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on or around the feast day of Dec. 12. Here is a schedule of events.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Busy, Busy This Holiday Season

December 11, 2018

Although Bishop enjoys the busyness of Christmas, he finds it important to take time to reflect on the meaning of the season. The God who is responsible for the immensity of all of creation, stepped into time as a one of us! Why? Because he loves us.

Marriage & Family Life: God draws us in community

December 3, 2018

God draws us to himself not in isolation but in community.

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