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Welcome! Bienvenidos!

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

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Catholic Schools

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

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Meet the Bishop

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

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

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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.

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: New Leadership Model at St. Albert Schools

December 19, 2018

St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs shared with the school board and parents a new organizational plan that will breathe new life into the schools.

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

Marriage Preparation Course

March 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Holy Trinity Parish

Our workshop is entitled God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, and it is a one day event in which couples will be invited into a deeper understanding of a sacramental marriage, and will be offered tools to help fill their marriage with the richness of joy that only Christ can offer!

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.