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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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Living Advent

Looking for some fun family faith activities for the Advent season? We've got it all!

Advent Activities

Ignite! Campaign is underway

Be a part of the Ignite! Campaign as we invest in our future!

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Visit Jesus

Spend time with Jesus, particularly in adoration. Our parishes are offering opportunities for you to find peace, forgiveness, healing & God's love.

Holy Hours

Catholic Schools

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

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated December 12. Father Rodrigo Mayorga Landeros, parochial vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Des Moines, explains the history in Part 1 of this series.





Dancing for Our Lady of Guadalupe 

Wendy Espinoza of Our Lady of The Americas Parish in Des Moines explains the joy she feels in dancing and turning to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom she sees as a spiritual mother. All are welcome to attend the diocesan celebration on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of the Americas with food, dance and music at 8pm, followed by a procession to St. Ambrose Cathedral, concluding with midnight Mass.


News & Blog

We welcome new director of the St. Thomas More Center

December 5, 2022

We want to warmly welcome Jason Anderson, the new executive director of the St. Thomas More Center, home of Catholic Youth Camp. Today is his first day at the retreat center and camp in Panora.

Discover the Difference: Catholic Schools Buck National Trend

November 29, 2022

New data show that Des Moines Catholic school students buck the national trend and scored well in tests following the pandemic.

Bishop: Imported and Exported Thanksgiving

November 14, 2022

We are moved to worship and work, to celebrate and sacrifice, because we have a God who loves to give thanks for us and with us, day after day, until the end of time.

Diocesan Events

Young Catholic Network - Dec. 12 with Mark Scheve

December 12, 2022 6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Catholic Pastoral Center - 601 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309

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.