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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: Bishop Encourages Holy Hours in Parishes

January 12, 2021

In what direction will the Holy Spirit lead the Des Moines Diocese when the pandemic ends? Bishop William Joensen encourages Holy Hours in parishes as we pray that we are open to renewal and grace that God brings our way.

As the Pandemic Stretches On, God Continues to be With Us

January 26, 2021

God works in mysterious yet merciful ways and he hears our frustrations and tears, says Karla Garcia, of Christ the King Parish in Des Moines. He wants for us to rejoice always in the present and trust our future to his divine providence.

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.

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Social Justice

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