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Covid Vaccines

Church leadership says it's morally ethical to get the vaccines to prevent COVID-19. The latest statement comes from the Vatican. Read more.


Catholic Schools

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

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Parish & Mass Times

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

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Called to Greater Faith 

God is calling us to greater faith, Bishop Joensen said. God remains with us always, but do we always remain with him? In this time leading up to a Eucharistic renewal, Bishop Joensen encourages us to return to Jesus in the Eucharist with joy, where our hearts are purified in his presence.


Year of St. Joseph

The Year of St. Joseph has begun! And Bishop Joensen is reflecting on this humble saint who displayed a great trust in God, allowing him to be used for a higher purpose. Bishop explains the virtues of creative courage and chastity of St. Joseph, and encourages us to better know Jesus' father figure during this time. He also asks for prayers for our two seminarians, Max Carson and Nick Stark, who will be respectively ordained to the transitional diaconate Dec. 26 in Rome and Dec. 30 in Urbandale.



News & Blog

News: Organ Donation is a Gift of Life

January 12, 2021

Two mothers - an organ donor family member and an organ donation recipient - say organ donation is a gift of love.

Discover the Difference: Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

January 19, 2021

During Catholic Schools Week we celebrate how our schools excel in faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service.

How Do We Proclaim the Gospel During These Challenging Times?

January 13, 2021

What will be the Catholic contribution to the American experiment in this moment of extreme tension and division?

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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.


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.