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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.

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Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines


News & Blog

News: Allegation received, investigated

September 28, 2018

The diocese recently received an allegation against Father Leonard Kenkel of decades-old sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop Pates immediately referred the allegation to local law enforcement, apologized to the victim, and suspended Father Kenkel's priestly faculties so he cannot engage in public ministry.

Ask a Priest: Questions on bells at Mass, the Lord's prayer, and the alb

October 23, 2018

Father John Ludwig answers questions about our Catholic faith.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Gratitude

October 23, 2018

Bishop Richard Pates reflects on nearly 50 years of priesthood as his golden anniversary, Dec. 20, approaches.

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