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In Charity to Others

Wearing a mask shows our love for others by protecting them. Our faith calls us to be Good Samaritans and to be mindful of the common good.


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Happy Thanksgiving! 

Bishop Joensen and St. Ambrose Cathedral rector Father John Bertogli wish you many Thanksgiving blessings. In today's reflection, the bishop says God does wondrous things, even in the midst of 2020. In the midst of our trials, we must cultivate gratitude and kindness.



News & Blog

News: Bishop Imposes Restrictions, Supervision on Priest

November 24, 2020

An investigation into an allegation involving Father Robert "Bud" Grant finds misconduct but not sexual abuse of a minor. Father Grant will return to ministry with restrictions and supervision.

Bishop: Night Saving Time

November 23, 2020

This is a tough time. We're trudging through the pandemic, experiencing the waning daylight hours, grieving those who have gone before us in faith and those who will not be able to join us at the Thanksgiving table. Yet, Advent approaches. As we experience various absences, let Advent be a time for us to remember that God promises to reveal his gentleness, his capacity for Love.

Discover the Difference: Meeting Social, Emotional Needs of Students

November 14, 2020

Ten of our Catholic schools are partnering with Catholic Charities to offer more mental health and counseling services at the schools. This will reduce the amount of time students miss class for appointments, and provides schools an ideal setting for prevention, intervention and parent communication.

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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.

Social Justice

In Catholic Social Justice Teaching, the Church outlines seven specific ways we can put our faith into action by loving one another.