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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: Allegation received, investigated

September 28, 2018

The diocese recently received an allegation against Father Leonard Kenkel of decades-old sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop Pates immediately referred the allegation to local law enforcement, apologized to the victim, and suspended Father Kenkel's priestly faculties so he cannot engage in public ministry.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church

September 27, 2018

Read Bishop's reaction to the grand jury report in Pennsylvania and what we've done here in the Des Moines diocese to prevent sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Marriage & Family: What happened to keeping vows?

September 27, 2018

A recommitment to keeping our vows -- both those of the laity and those of the Church -- could help with the pain we're experiencing from the abuse crisis.

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