Warning! Your browser is extremely outdated and not web standards compliant.
Your browsing experience would greatly improve by upgrading to a modern browser.

Welcome! Bienvenidos!

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

About Us

Catholic Schools

There are million reasons why a Catholic education is the best education around. Witness the difference!

Learn More

Meet the Bishop

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

Bishop Pates

Parish & Mass Times

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

Join Us

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: Memorial Service for Father Merz

February 8, 2019

A memorial service for Jesuit Father Gene Merz will be Sunday, Feb. 24, 3-5 p.m. at the chapel at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Join us in celebrating his life and ministry.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Looking to the future with Catholic education

January 17, 2019

While we are grateful for all that Catholic schools have been and continue to be, we cannot rest on our laurels. It is only logical that we assess strengths and challenges and develop a strategic plan that will enable them to continue the pursuit of excellence for decades to come.

Marriage & Family Life: No matter how messy, we are loved

January 17, 2019

I'm just going to put this out there. My house is often messy. I am guessing I'm not the only parent of small children who feels like he's living in a state of perpetual chaos. But no matter how messy our lives are, we are loved and chosen by God.

Diocesan Events

Catholic Charities St. Patrick's Gala

March 9, 2019 5:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines

Join us as we honor Catholic Charities champions at a great St. Patrick's Day party! We'll honor those who have gone above and beyond to help Catholic Charities with a wonderful dinner, honors ceremony and a party in the pub with an Irish band. For more information, contact Beth Gibbins at 515-237-5078.

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.


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.