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 that day, Bishop Pates outlined his thoughts as the shepherd for the Catholic diocese of central and southwest Iowa.

"It might reasonably be asked, do I have any themes or priorities that I anticipate will characterize my ministry in Des Moines. Naturally, the first is commitment to my role as pastor - maintaining openness to situations and needs of the moment."

Since his installation on May 29, 2008, Bishop Pates' 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

Service

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
  •    Liaison of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Catholic Climate Covenant
  •    Member, USCCB Sub-Committee on Immigration

To learn more about Bishop Pates, check out his:

Columns
Bishop Richard Pates has a column that appears in the monthly diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Mirror.
  • January 2018 -- English and Spanish-- Called to be Catholic
  • February 2018 -- English and Spanish-- A Blessed Birthday
  • March 2018 -- English and Spanish-- Strategic Planning for Catholic Schools
  • April 2018 -- English and Spanish-- Papal Honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice to be Awarded
  • May 2018 -- English and Spanish -- On Churches and Safety
  • June 2018 -- English and Spanish -- Embracing the Future with Prayer
  • July 2018 -- English and Spanish -- In Media Stat Virtus
  • August 2018 -- English and Spanish -- Blessed with 17 new deacons
  • September 2018 -- English and Spanish -- Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church
  • October 2018 -- English and Spanish -- Gratitude

      Special farewell section column, English only

  • For columns from 2008-2016, please contact Anne Marie Cox in the diocesan Communications Office.
Homilies
The following are recent homilies of Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates. To receive a copy of an earlier homily, please contact the diocesan Communications Office.
Radio Show

"In the Heartland With Bishop Pates" is a weekly 30-minute radio show airing live each Friday at 9 a.m. on   Iowa Catholic Radio and the Spirit Catholic Radio Network

 The audio from "In the Heartland with Bishop Pates" can be heard at the Iowa Catholic Radio website

 To get audio from past shows, contact co-host Kelly Mescher Collins


Speeches
  • Bishop Richad 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

 
Upcoming Schedule

The following is Bishop Richard Pates’ schedule for the upcoming weeks. To request Bishop Pates’ presence at a parish or school event, contacthis 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.
2018 Confirmation Schedule

Bishop schedule