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We are a vibrant faith community inviting every person to an encounter with Jesus Christ and experience his call to friendship and communion.

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Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Available

Were you impacted by the tornadoes this spring? Catholic Charities is here to help! Apply today for Disaster Relief Assistance.


Annual Diocesan Appeal

Through the ADA we are able to prepare disciples for the domestic church, welcome people into communion, cultivate a culture of servant leadership and draw young people into deeper communion.


Catholic Schools

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

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God came knocking three times

Three times in his life, Father Luis Cabrera thought he might be called by God to be a priest. The first two times, he chose a different path. With a successful career (he worked at the United Nations) and married, he pushed the calling aside. But after his wife died, he reassessed where God wanted him to be. Now a priest, Father Luis shares his life journey that ultimately led hm to serving God's people.

News & Blog

Religious woman follows Eucharistic pilgrimage with a tent and a heart full of joy

July 8, 2024

Sister Mary Rose sleeps in a tent, walks miles in the long sleeves of her habit, and relies on God to provide for her needs as she follows the Blessed Sacrament on the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. During a stop in our Diocese, she talked about bringing people back to Mass.

Schweizer family to give keynote at Bishop's Celebration

June 19, 2024

Get your tickets now for the annual Bishop's Celebration of Catholic Schools slated for Aug. 24. Join us as we celebrate top-notch educators and hear from three generations of the Schweizer family - including Olympian Karissa Schweizer - on how Catholic education was instrumental to their success.

Diocesan Events

Sensory-Friendly Mass

July 21, 2024 10:30 AM
Location: Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church 1401 1st Ave. S. Altoona, IA 50009

All are invited to Ss. John and Paul in Altoona for a Sensory-Friendly Mass. Families are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy: noise cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, fidgets, etc.

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.

Catholic Social Teaching

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