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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.

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Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines


News & Blog

News: Fish Fry Dinners

February 27, 2019

The Lenten season is almost here and that means parishes are preparing for the Friday fish dinners. Check out our list of parishes, dates, times, cost and alternatives that might be offered in addition to fish.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Do We Need Jesus?

February 18, 2019

As we reflect on the signs of the times, from the New York abortion legislation to climate change and poverty, it seems so ever evident! We do need Jesus!

Marriage & Family Life: Passing on Faith is Like Apprenticeship

February 18, 2019

Parents are the primary evangelists and catechists of our children, and to me the best image of passing on the faith is one of apprenticeship.

Diocesan Events

Iowa Catholic Men's Conference

March 30, 2019 8:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines

This conference for men brings in nationally known speakers to a crowd of several hundred from across Iowa to gather to learn and grow in their Catholic faith. For more information, contact Iowa Catholic Radio.

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.