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For the Common Good

Together, we take steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus like wearing a mask. Our faith calls us to protect our neighbor, to be Good Samaritans and to be mindful of the common good. Iowa's four bishops explain in a video here.


Voting Discernment

Each election cycle has unique characteristics and the 2020 election is no exception. Check out the 2020 Election guide from the Iowa bishops on Faithful Citizenship, which encourages us to understand our faith, pray and vote.

Voting Discernment

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Our shepherd, Bishop William Joensen, leads us to know and love Jesus Christ in our time.

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Developing Antibodies Against a Culture of Waste

In his Gospel Reflection for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop Joensen reflects on Respect Life Month. He also reflects on having a intimate, loving friendship with God.





Prayerfully Discerning Your Vote

We are just weeks away from our nation's Nov. 3 Election Day. Bishop Joensen encourages you to make time for prayerful reflection and discernment before casting your vote, just as he will do. He also encourages you to review the Faithful Citizenship informationprovided to us by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which can be found at www.USCCB.org. Engaging with civility and compassion is also important as we participate in dialogue with others about the election. Learn more about Civilize It








News & Blog

News: Reaction on Pope's Statement

October 21, 2020

Bishop William Joensen shares some thoughts regarding reports about Pope Francis's latest statement on marriage.

Bishop: Mystic or Gnostic?

October 15, 2020

We do well to listen respectfully to persons with whom we disagree. We know that we, as much as anyone else, need ongoing conversion of mind and heart.

Marriage & Family Life: Prayer doesn't have to be perfect

October 12, 2020

It's hard to pray when we're tried or distracted. Prayer can be imperfect, certainly, and yet God invites us to participate in his work and shares his own life with us.

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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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Social Justice

In Catholic Social Justice Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.