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

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Open the Door 

Join us in opening the door to our diocese and welcoming Bishop-elect William Joensen as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. Evening prayer (vespers) will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at St. Ambrose Cathedral. 

News & Blog

News: Here's what you need to know for episcopal ordination

September 18, 2019

Bishop-elect William Joensen will be ordained the 10th bishop for the Des Moines diocese on Friday, Sept. 27. Here's what you need to know.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Welcome Bishop Joensen

September 18, 2019

Bishop Pates welcomes the next bishop to Des Moines. Given his years in education, Bishop-elect Joensen will help people embrace the faith in the face of many moral dilemmas.

Marriage & Family Life: Road to sainthood is paved with challenges

September 18, 2019

What in the world do football and faith have in common? Both require dedicated work, practice and learning from mistakes.

Diocesan Events


September 26, 2019 7:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

Join us in opening the doors of our diocese to Bishop-elect William Joensen during evening prayer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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