About Us

The Diocese of Des Moines, created in 1911, serves people over a 12,446 square mile area in the southwestern quadrant of Iowa, including 23 counties.

The Diocese of Des Moines is comprised of:

  • 108,687 estimated Catholics with a total population of 909,002, according to the 2020 Official Catholic Directory report. We estimate we serve 130,000 when including unregistered Hispanic families.
  • 80 parishes
  • 16 schools
  • 51 active diocesan priests, and
  • 4 Catholic hospitals

Our Bishop

Bishop William Joensen is our shepherd. He was ordained and installed in 2019 as bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. Our retired bishops are: Bishop Richard Pates and Bishop Joseph L. Charron, C.PP.S.

Our Mission

We are sowing God's Spirit. Sparked by the joy of the Gospel kindled in our own hearts, love turns fear to holy boldness as we listen and speak anointed words to persons who have grown lukewarm in their capacity to trust, and who find it hard to believe they are beautiful and beloved in God’s sight. 

Our Vision

As we Sow God’s Spirit in the world, we lean into our vision of cultivating connections in Christ. We form intimate bonds with Christ through the personal and collective experiences of (1) encounter, (2) friendship and (3) communion. Cultivating these connections in Christ is central to our vision as a people after God’s own heart.

Learn more about our strategic visioning process.