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

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

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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

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: Seeking the Common Good

December 3, 2018

Now that the election is over, let us use this new moment to commit to the common good, seeking to benefit all God's people.

Marriage & Family Life: God draws us in community

December 3, 2018

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

Diocesan Events

Deacon Ryan Andrew to be ordained a priest

December 14, 2018 7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral, Des Moines

Join our Catholic family on Dec. 14 at St. Ambrose Cathedral when Bishop Pates will ordain Deacon Ryan Andrew to the priesthood. Everyone is invited to the 7 p.m. Mass, truly a beautiful liturgy to celebrate.

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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