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Bishop William Joensen was ordained a bishop just a few short months ago.

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40th anniversary of a saint's visit 

On Oct. 4, 1979, St. John Paul II visited St. Patrick Parish at Irish Settlement and celebrated Mass for the largest crowd ever assembled at Living History Farms. This is the story of how a few people, with very little time to prepare, pulled off one of the most memorable events in our state's history. 

News & Blog

News: Father Tran died unexpectedly at his home in Council Bluffs.

December 11, 2019

Please keep in your prayers Father Tan Tran, who died unexpectedly at his home in Council Bluffs. He was 62. Arrangements are pending. We are grateful for this joy-filled, musically-gifted priest who ministered God's compassion to the sick and hurting. May he be enfolded in the arms of the Good Shepherd who carries him to eternal peace.

Bishop: Beauty and the Best

November 12, 2019

Thank God for our liturgical musicians in parishes across our diocese! They are not technicians plunking out notes, vocalists giving lip service to the score set before them. They are realizing a sacred vocation given by God, giving expression to an energy kindled in their hearts, and expanding our awareness of just how beautiful and marvelous God is.

Let's Get Psyched: Honey, Let's Put Up The Tree!

November 12, 2019

During the holiday season, stress goes up. It's inevitable. Let's remember Christ's words of comfort: "Remain in me and I will remain in you." We always have companionship with Christ.

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