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Church leadership says it's morally ethical to get the vaccines to prevent COVID-19. The latest statement comes from the Vatican. Read more.


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Called to Greater Faith 

God is calling us to greater faith, Bishop Joensen said. God remains with us always, but do we always remain with him? In this time leading up to a Eucharistic renewal, Bishop Joensen encourages us to return to Jesus in the Eucharist with joy, where our hearts are purified in his presence.


Year of St. Joseph

The Year of St. Joseph has begun! And Bishop Joensen is reflecting on this humble saint who displayed a great trust in God, allowing him to be used for a higher purpose. Bishop explains the virtues of creative courage and chastity of St. Joseph, and encourages us to better know Jesus' father figure during this time. He also asks for prayers for our two seminarians, Max Carson and Nick Stark, who will be respectively ordained to the transitional diaconate Dec. 26 in Rome and Dec. 30 in Urbandale.



News & Blog

News: Serving the Priests Who Serve Us

January 12, 2021

Priests care for our spiritual needs at Christmastime but who cares for them? Families and friends banded together this year and for the 12 days of Christmas they brought deliveries of food, gifts and prayers to about 60 priests in central Iowa.

Bishop: Decoder Ring

January 12, 2021

For a complete life, both science and practical wisdom are indispensable, though not sufficient. For where faith and hope lead us, in the end, only God's saving love remains.

Let's Get Psyched: A Gentler Type of Resolution

January 12, 2021

Resolutions aren't destinations; they are the habits and behaviors that give us the ability to move toward our objective destinations. Let our destination be to live more prayerfully and Christ-like.

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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.