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Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Want to learn, serve, find comfort and compassion? The Diocese of Des Moines welcomes you!

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Catholic Schools

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

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

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We serve the 23 counties of central and southwest Iowa, making it easy to find a parish near you!

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Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Welcome to our diocesan website! I hope you find the information and resources you need plus a whole lot more. We're using not only new technology, but new social communication tools. These are a means of providing information and resources, educating on Church teachings and their application to current-day events, and fostering a dialogue for all of us on a journey to grow closer to God.

I encourage you to check back here often and sign up to receive the latest news and information through the blog and our social media presence.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Bishop of Des Moines


News & Blog

News: Diocese launches strategic planning process for St. Albert School

September 5, 2018

Springing from a long-term strategic planning initiative for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates is launching a secondary strategic planning effort specifically for St. Albert Catholic School system.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Welcome to the Newly Ordained Deacons

August 16, 2018

Bishop explains the role of deacons. They're not "little" priests. They are an order unto themselves and comprise an identity which provides meaning and engagement in mission for the Church.

Marriage & Family Life: Be a little more vulnerable

August 16, 2018

We need each other, and it's only when we recognize and embrace this that we form the bonds that make communities meaningful.

Diocesan Events

Boldly Sent: A Celebration of Catholic Youth

October 20, 2018 9:00 AM - October 21, 2018 5:30 PM
Location: Des Moines

Boldly Sent is a diocesan-wide gathering of teens with their bishop in exploration and celebration of the Catholic faith. Registration is due October 5th!

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.