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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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Ignite! Campaign is underway

Be a part of the Ignite! Campaign as we invest in our future!

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Supporting Moms in Need

Find out how you and your parish can support life by helping pregnant and parenting moms.

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Visit Jesus

Are you experiencing "spiritual attention deficit disorder"? Spend time with Jesus, particularly in adoration. Our parishes are offering opportunities for you to find peace, forgiveness, healing & God's love.

Holy Hours

Reflections: Roe vs. Wade Overturned

Bishop William Joensen of the Diocese of Des Moines reflects on the overturn of Roe v. Wade with Jessica Hernandez, coordinator of Hispanic Ministry. Hernandez is an immigrant and was born to a single mother, who received help from the church.




Priestly Ordination

Deacon Alex Kramer is one of three men who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Des Moines on Friday, June 24. Deacon Kramer reflects on his Catholic upbringing and vocation call. 









News & Blog

On the move: Mercy sister retires after 22 years at Ankeny parish

June 15, 2022

Sister Susan Widdel has been a hub of the homebound, RCIA and Stephen ministries at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny for more than 20 years. Perhaps as she prepares for retirement, she'll have a little more time for her beloved Chicago Cubs.

Discover the Difference: Catholic schools honor educators, administrators & volunteers

July 1, 2022

Six educators, administrators and volunteers will be honored for exceptional service to Catholic education during the inaugural Bishop's Celebration of Catholic Schools on Aug. 27 in Indianola.

Food for the Journey: The Eucharist - Food that transforms us

July 1, 2022

Once we receive the Eucharist we are transformed into "walking Christs," called to give our body and blood. We give our body, our whole lives, to others by giving up our time, our energy, and our treasure to those who need us.

Diocesan Events

Healing Prayer Service

July 20, 2022 5:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

The monthly prayer service for healing is moving up its start time to 5:30pm. every third Wednesday of the month. All are welcome to join us at St. Ambrose Cathedral to ask God for spiritual, emotional and/or physical healing.

Join African missionary priests and religious women at Mass

July 29, 2022 5:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location: St. Ambrose Cathedral

Join African missionary priests and religious women, who are gathering in Des Moines for their annual conference, at a 5 p.m. Mass on Friday, 7/29 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

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.