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

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Meet the Bishop

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

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

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


News & Blog

News: Iowa dioceses to comply with IA Attorney General's Request

June 3, 2019

The four dioceses of Iowa will comply with a request from the Iowa Attorney General to provide documentation regarding clerical sexual abuse.

Marriage & Family Life: Father & son discover God's love through reconciliation

June 25, 2019

When Adam saw his son's excitement about his first reconciliation, it renewed his own love for the sacrament.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: The Father Jim Kiernan Initiative

June 24, 2019

Just before the late Father Jim Kiernan died, he was preparing to push for all parishes, schools and institutions in our diocese to pay a living wage. His nephew & Father Dave Polich carried on with the effort and this month Bishop announced "The Father Jim Kiernan Initiative: Guiding Principals on Compensation."

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