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All 80 parishes are now offering some form of public worship. Learn about our phased-in approach.

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Welcome back! 

We are so happy to welcome the faithful back to the table of the Lord. Bishop William Joensen invites all to publicly celebrate the Mass, though there will be some changes you'll see. It's part of loving each other by taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check with your parish to see what phase they're in for the regathering. And if you are vulnerable or are living with someone vulnerable to the coronavirus, know that the Sunday obligation for Mass continues to be suspended and God's grace and mercy are with you.

 

 

St. Junipero Serra and race relations

Bishop Joensen reflects on St. Junipero Serra, race relations and more. He also encourages you to watch the Prayer Vigil for Justice held earlier this week, which can be viewed here. 

 

News & Blog

News: Priest Suspended Following Allegation of Misconduct

July 10, 2020

Bishop William Joensen suspended Father James Kirby on Friday, July 10, following an allegation of inappropriate conduct. Father Kirby may not engage in public priestly ministry and must abide by several other restrictions. While he remains a priest of the diocese, he will be required to complete set conditions and exhibit significant reform in order to return to active ministry.

To Reconcile All Things: Racism in America

July 7, 2020

Justin White, diocesan director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, says we are not immune to the ways of the world that are sinful, so we must strive in the name of Jesus against them.

Bishop: Father's Day-and Night

June 25, 2020

Bishop shares his experience at a racial justice rally, where he joined the crowd in kneeling. "It was a simple gesture where in my mind we were invoking God to draw us out of the presence social turmoil to a place where justice is served, human rights are recognized and where brothers and sisters can at last live in peace."

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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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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.

Social Justice

In Catholic Social Justice Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.