Bishop William M. Joensen

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The Most Rev. William M. Joensen, Ph.D. was ordained and installed as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines on Sept. 27, 2019. Born in 1960, Bishop Joensen completed studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio in 1989 and earned a doctorate in philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2001. He was a member of the philosophy faculty at Loras College, where he served in a variety of roles, including dean of campus spiritual life.  In addition to assisting with various regional health care-related ethics committees, then-Father Joensen participated for 12 summers as a faculty member for the Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow, Poland, which draws young adults from the United States, Poland, and eastern and central Europe, exploring Catholic social teaching in the spirit of St. John Paul II.

Episcopal Ordination, Sept. 27, 2019 

Bishop Joensen was ordained a bishop at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines.  Watch the episcopal ordination and installationWorship Aid (music reprinted with permission)  I Thank you remarks from Bishop Joensen 

Vespers, Sept. 26, 2019

Worship Aid (music reprinted with permission)  I  Homily    


Vatican announcement  I  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announcement

News Release (English)  I  News Release (Spanish)

News Conference remarks by Bishop-elect William Joensenby Bishop Richard Pates

Bishop Joensen's Curriculum Vitae

Fact Sheet About the Diocese

Process for Appointing a Bishop  

Papal blessing

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