Vicars

The diocese has a few priests with special responsibilities as assigned by the bishop.

Vicar General

Father Michael Amadeo, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Des Moines, serves as a vicar general. He is responsible for assisting the bishop in the general administration of the diocese. He can be reached at 515-237-5039.

Father Larry Hoffmann, retired, serves as a vicar general. He also assists the bishop. He can be reached at 515-237-5039.

Judicial Vicar
Father Christopher Pisut, pastor of St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines, is the judicial vicar for the diocese. With a degree in Canon law (Church law), Father Pisut is responsible for overseeing the Tribunal and advising the bishop on issues related to Church law. He can be reached at 515-255-1175.
Associate Judicial Vicar and Canonical Advisor
Father Adam Westphal recently earned a degree in Canon law. He can be reached at 515-237-5031.
Vicar for Diaconate
Father Ross Parker, the diocesan Vocations director, oversees the permanent diaconate program from formation through ordination and post-ordination formation.
Vicar for International Priests
Vacant.
Vicars for Retired Priests
Msgr. Lawrence Beeson and Father John Dorton, both of whom are retired, share this role of caring for retired priests and maintaining communication with them. They can be reached by calling 515-237-5039.
Vicar for Newly Ordained Priests
Father Dan Kirby, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Winterset and St. Patrick Parish in Irish Settlement, provides support and guidance to our newly ordained priests for five years after their ordination day.
Co-Vicars for Religious
Father Ray Higgins, pastor of All Saints Parish in Stuart and St. John Parish in Adair, along with Franciscan Sister Joyce Blum, provide support and guidance to women religious of the diocese. Father Higgins can be reached at 515-279-4654.
Vicar for Finance
Msgr. Ed Hurley, a retired priest, advises the diocese on matters of finance.
Parochial Vicar
This is a title given to a priest who assists a pastor with the pastoral and sacramental care of parishioners.