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Bishop William Joensen was ordained a bishop just a few short months ago.

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As Catholic Christians and persons of good will, we recognize how easily we can be drawn into a contentious climate and fall short of basic charity in our attitudes and our speech. St. Peter cautions the early Christian community: "Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy, and all slander" (1 Peter 2:1).

The Diocese of Des Moines, in collaboration with the U.S. bishops, is rolling out an initiative called Civilize It, which encourages greater civility, compassion and clarity in dialogue and engagement that will deepen our appreciation for varied voices, grounded in the belief that each of us by nature is inclined toward the true, the good, and the beautiful. 

News & Blog

News: Couple models lifetime commitment through marriage

January 22, 2020

Audubon couple says faith carried them through the highs and lows of married life.

Bishop: Wisdom, Be Attentive!

January 17, 2020

Our vocations unfold and take shape in different forms, but never are we entitled to check out or say, "I've done my share; it is enough." Only God in Christ is entitled to declare, "It is accomplished." We are asked to be perpetually at the disposal of the Lord, seeking his face and then poised to render whatever sort of service is asked of us.

Discover the Difference: Catholic Schools Week

January 15, 2020

Catholic schools will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan 26 -- Feb. 1 with community service projects, open houses, special masses, STEM demonstrations and more.

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