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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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Support Disaster Relief Fund

On Friday, April 26 a powerful storm system spawned 17 tornadoes that swept across Iowa. The rural town of Minden and homes in the countryside suffered catastrophic damage. Consider donating to provide immediate and long-term aid to those impacted.


National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

"...As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species." (CCC 1379)

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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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Why Mass?

Is Mass just for those who have it all together? Hardly! Our new video series explores faith in Jesus and the value of Sunday Mass for our real lives, struggles and all.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since its inception in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. The Catholic Charities’ Counseling program provides professional therapy services for those who are struggling with mental health issues. Our therapists provide excellent insight and support needed to manage life’s problems in a more productive way.

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News & Blog

Communities jump into action following tornadoes

April 29, 2024

Communities in western Iowa jumped into action, helping their neighbors who suffered catastrophic damage from tornadoes that ripped across the state on Friday, April 26.

"Infinite Dignity" in Selma, Alabama

May 15, 2024

Bishop Joensen reflects on his recent trip in to Montgomery & Selma, Alabama in light of a the recent papal document on human dignity.

Education Fueled by Imagination at Holy Family

May 14, 2024

A seventh grader's creativity and ingenuity in building a programmable robot inspires his classmates and sparked an interest at his inner-city school to create a robotics program. The challenge is finding a dedicated faculty member and sustainable funding.

Diocesan Events

Iowa March for Life

June 22, 2024 1:00 PM
Location: Iowa State Capitol, 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50319

The Iowa March for Life is an opportunity to proclaim the value of all human life and advocate for the protection of life in our law.

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.