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Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Available

Were you impacted by the tornadoes this spring? Catholic Charities is here to help! Apply today for Disaster Relief Assistance.


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.


Catholic Schools

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

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NFP Awareness Week

July 21 - 27 is NFP Awareness Week! Natural Family Planning supports God's gifts of love and life in marriage. The theme for this is year is Love Beyond Measure.

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God came knocking three times

Three times in his life, Father Luis Cabrera thought he might be called by God to be a priest. The first two times, he chose a different path. With a successful career (he worked at the United Nations) and married, he pushed the calling aside. But after his wife died, he reassessed where God wanted him to be. Now a priest, Father Luis shares his life journey that ultimately led hm to serving God's people.

News & Blog

As Hospital Eucharistic Ministry restarts volunteers are needed

July 16, 2024

Catholic patients at the UnityPoint hospitals in Des Moines and West Des Moines will once again be able to receive Holy Communion from volunteers.

Discover the Difference: Thirteen Schools Receive Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Award

July 16, 2024

Prairie Meadows recently awarded the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Schools a Community Betterment Grant totaling $99,900. The Community Betterment Grant funds will support STEM labs and programming, literacy curriculum enhancements, outdoor classrooms, student leadership programs, and classroom technology, resulting in an enhanced academic experience for thousands of students.

Rediscovering Awe

July 16, 2024

How’s your summer awe quotient doing? If you’ve been privileged to pause for a few hours, or even a few days or more to claim some time for leisure and holiday, how “awe-filled” have these experiences been? Were you more ‘tourist’ or ‘pilgrim’?

Diocesan Events

Sensory-Friendly Mass

July 21, 2024 10:30 AM
Location: Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church 1401 1st Ave. S. Altoona, IA 50009

All are invited to Ss. John and Paul in Altoona for a Sensory-Friendly Mass. Families are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy: noise cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, fidgets, etc.

St. Lawrence Gathering

August 11, 2024 2:00 PM
Location: St John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211

The Vocations Office is hosting a St. Lawrence Gathering at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 at St. John the Apostle Church in Norwalk for all men interested in the diaconate and their wives.

Bishop's Celebration of Catholic Schools

August 24, 2024 4:30 PM
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines, IA

The Bishop's Celebration of Catholic Schools is an annual event that unites the entire Diocese of Des Moines community in celebration of the life-changing impact our faith-centered education has provided for more than 150 years. Each year during the event, the diocese recognizes special educators, administrators, and volunteers for their impact on our Catholic schools.

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.