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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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Annual Diocesan Appeal

Through the ADA we are able to prepare disciples for the domestic church, welcome people into communion, cultivate a culture of servant leadership and draw young people into deeper communion.

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Living Lent

Learn how to intentionally live this Lenten season with reflections and activities for the whole family to better understand prayer, fasting, & almsgiving.

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Eucharistic Revival

"...As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species." (CCC 1379)

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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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Why Mass?

Is Mass just for those who have it all together? Hardly! Our new video series explores faith in Jesus and the value of Sunday Mass for our real lives, struggles and all.

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Understanding Suffering

Director of Social Justice, John Huynh, explains how suffering can enable us to love more like Jesus. While suffering is not God's ultimate will for us, when given to God it can be used for good when given to the Lord.

To find more resources for Lent, visit dmdiocese.org/living-lent

News & Blog

SCCS announces new leadership for next school year

February 26, 2024

Steve Sauvaine, formerly of the Harlan Community School District, will be the administrator of Shelby County Catholic School for the 2024-2025 school year.

Discover the Difference: Educator, administrator, volunteer honored

February 26, 2024

Educators, administrators and volunteers will be honored at the third annual Bishop's Celebration of Catholic Schools this August. See who will be recognized.

Lenten Climate Conversion

February 26, 2024

Are you counting how many extra prayers or extra good deeds you've done, or things given up for Lent? These are all worthy. But they don't necessarily draw us to radical dependence on God's saving grace. May this Lenten season be a time of conversion rather than calculation.

Diocesan Events

Forge Presents: Dr. John Bishop – The Masculine Genius

March 21, 2024 7:00 PM
Location: The Tea Room, 713 Walnut St UNIT 600, Des Moines, IA 50309

A lot of people talk about a crisis of masculinity, but what does that mean? And if the crisis is real, what do we do about it? In this talk, Dr. John Bishop will talk about the crisis and chart a course forward.

Meeting Jesus in the Eucharist Women's Conference

April 20, 2024 8:45 AM - 02:30 PM
Location: Corpus Christi Parish, 3304 4th Ave, Council Bluffs IA 51501

All women are invited to hear Liz Kelly and Angela Copenhaver speak about Meeting Jesus in the Eucharist. In addition, celebrate Mass with Bishop Joensen followed by a hot lunch and opportunities to visit Catholic vendors and exhibitors. Registration of $25 is required by April 8, 2024.

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.