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Bishop William Joensen Ordination

From St Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines

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40th anniversary of a saint's visit 

On Oct. 4, 1979, St. John Paul II visited St. Patrick Parish at Irish Settlement and celebrated Mass for the largest crowd ever assembled at Living History Farms. This is the story of how a few people, with very little time to prepare, pulled off one of the most memorable events in our state's history. 

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News: Crowd braves freezing temps to pray rosary for DACA recipients

November 7, 2019

About 60 people gathered at the Catholic Pastoral Center Thursday night to pray the rosary as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on three cases that could determine the immigration status of those protected by DACA, also known as Dreamers.

#MakeMercyReal involves compassion and action

October 15, 2019

Each of us, in our own way, can show mercy and make this world a better place. It can be as simple as complimenting a stranger, visiting someone who is sick, doing a favor for a person in need or donating clothes you no longer wear. The possibilities are endless.

Bishop: Tree House

October 15, 2019

In his first column, Bishop Joensen compares the Church to a community of trees of varying ages, heights and types. "We are humbled when we recall that these distinctions are not to set us against each other; they are meant to contribute to the vitality of all the members of the community."

Diocesan Events

Blessing of musicians

November 24, 2019 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral, 607 High St., Des Moines

The Des Moines chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians will be blessed at a 2 p.m. Mass & reception at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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