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Our shepherd, Bishop William Joensen, leads us to know and love Jesus Christ in our time.

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To Live for Love's Sake 

Bishop William Joensen encourages us to be courageous and creative during these serious days. He thanks the many people on the front lines fighting the coronavirus and reminds us: "Love draws Jesus to the brink of death so that we might choose to live love with him." 

May we keep each other in heart and prayer during these days.


News & Blog

News: Clarification on guidelines in The Catholic Mirror

March 21, 2020

To avoid confusion regarding precautionary measures taken by the diocese to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, please follow the guidelines issued by Bishop Joensen on Tuesday, March 17. The Catholic Mirror went to the printer on March 16 and has some outdated information.

Discover the Difference: Keeping Kids on Track

March 27, 2020

Five tips to help children adjust to learning from home during the coronavirus crisis.

Seminarians return to Iowa

March 27, 2020

Our three seminarians and one priest who were studying abroad are back in the United States and self-quarantined. The other seminarians continue their studies as best they can.

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