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Living the Easter Season

Easter is more than a day - it's a whole season in the Catholic Church. How do you plan to live the Easter season in your home?

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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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Where are we going?

We're in the midst of a strategic visioning process while collecting feedback for the synod process.

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We Need You!

Join a dynamic, dedicated team of educators teaching more than 6,200 students in Catholic schools in central and southwest Iowa.

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Catholic Schools

There are millions of reasons why a Catholic education is the best education around. Witness the difference!

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Visit Jesus

Are you experiencing "spiritual attention deficit disorder"? Spend time with Jesus, particularly in adoration. Our parishes are offering opportunities for you to find peace, forgiveness, healing & God's love.

Holy Hours

One-minute Tip of the Day

Father Dan Kirby shares how we can remain in God's love.




Sensory, family-friendly Mass

Bishop William Joensen invites everyone - especially those with sensory issues or developmental/intellectual disabilities - to a Mass on May 22 at 3 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral. 






News & Blog

Diocese Names New Finance Director

May 20, 2022

With a grateful heart, we wish Paul Carlson the best in retirement. We welcome new Finance Director Robert "Bob" Larson, who brings experience, business acumen and creativity to the role.

Discover the Difference: A Fond Farewell to All Our Retirees

May 3, 2022

We are deeply grateful for the years of dedicated service many of our educators have devoted to our Catholic school students. Here are our educators and staff who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Thank you!

Discover the Difference: Students Discover Media Talents

April 28, 2022

Students in the Faith and Film Club at St. Malachy School in Creston learn how to livestream and video events, then mentor new students to the club.

Diocesan Events

Young Catholic Network - 6.7.2022 Rooftop Social and Speaker Panel

June 7, 2022 6:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Rooftop of Market One Building 130 E. 3rd Street, Des Moines

Join for an evening of food, drinks, and witness with other young Catholic professionals from around the Des Moines metro.

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.