Meet Bishop Pates
On April 10, 2008, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Richard Pates the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. On July 18, Pope Francis accepted his resignation and appointed Father William Joensen as the 10th bishop of the diocese.
Since Bishop Pates' installation on May 29, 2008, the diocese's priorities have been:
- Building up a vocation culture that invites everyone to play a role
- Reaching out to newcomers, particularly Spanish-speaking people
- Educating on and experiencing evangelization
- Marriage & family life
- Engaging youth and young adults as vibrant and valued members of the faith community
To request a meeting/visit
To request Bishop Pates’ presence at a parish or school event, contact his office at least four weeks prior to the event. If you plan to have a prayer service or liturgy with Bishop present, please contact the Worship Office as soon as possible. You can view his upcoming schedule below.
To request a papal blessing
Please complete this form and return to the bishop's office at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309 or email to Angie Hemmingsen.
Bishop Pates has served on the Board of Directors of the North American College in Rome and is past chair of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
He also serves on the following boards:
- National Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Church Management, Villanova University
- Episcopal Advisory Board for the Cause for Beatification of the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
- Board of Regents, Conception Seminary, Conception, Mo.
- Bread for the World
- Member, USCCB Sub-Committee on Hispanic Affairs
To learn more about Bishop Pates, check out his:
|Bishop Richard Pates has a column that appears in the monthly diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Mirror.
- For columns from 2008-2018, please contact Anne Marie Cox in the diocesan Communications Office.
- Bishop Richard Pates, at the invitation of the Pastoral Care Committee, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, delivered three talks on Oct. 25, 2018 entitled: "A Hunger for Communion and Reconciliation in a Time of Stress."
Theme One: Identifying Grievances, Points of Division, Discussion Questions
Theme Two: Reconciling, Discussion Questions
Theme Three: Satisfying a Hunger for Communion, Discussion Questions
The following is Bishop Richard Pates’ schedule for the upcoming weeks. To request Bishop Pates’ presence at a parish or school event, contact his office at least four weeks prior to the event. If you plan to have a prayer service or liturgy with Bishop present, please contact the Worship Office as soon as possible.
2019 Confirmation Schedule