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Want to learn, serve, find comfort and compassion? The Diocese of Des Moines welcomes you!

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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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Meet the Bishop

Led by our shepherd, Bishop Pates, we help people know God and love God.

Bishop Pates

Parish & Mass Times

We serve the 23 counties of central and southwest Iowa, making it easy to find a parish near you!

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Destiny's children rely on her kindness, companionship

See how one young Catholic puts her #FaithinAction by providing opportunities to some of the poorest children in our community. 


News & Blog

News: Iowa dioceses to comply with IA Attorney General's Request

June 3, 2019

The four dioceses of Iowa will comply with a request from the Iowa Attorney General to provide documentation regarding clerical sexual abuse.

Let's Get Psyched! Here Comes a Breath of Fresh Air

June 7, 2019

To breathe words of forgiveness on someone, now that's a breath of fresh air!

New St. Albert President Grateful for Welcome

June 6, 2019

St. Albert Catholic School's new president, Deacon Vernon Dobelmann visited campus last month before school let out for summer. He was very impressed and extremely grateful for the warm welcome!

Diocesan Events

Priestly Ordination June 21

June 21, 2019 7:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

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.


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