Introducing Bishop-elect William Joensen

Pope Francis named Father William M. Joensen, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, as the 10th bishop for the Diocese of Des Moines. A news conference will be at 10 a.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. It will be carried live at

Bishop-elect Joensen's ordination as a bishop and installation in the Diocese of Des Moines will be Friday, Sept. 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines. Watch this web page for details. 

Vatican announcement

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announcement

News Release (English)

News Release (Spanish)

Watch news conference on Facebook

News Conference remarks by Bishop-elect William Joensen

News Conference remarks by Bishop Richard Pates

Bishop-elect Joensen's Curriculum Vitae

Fact Sheet About the Diocese

Process for Appointing a Bishop  

On Feb. 12, 2018, Bishop Richard Pates turned 75 years old. Following Canon law, Bishop Pates sent a letter to Pope Francis. This began a selection process that ended with today's appointment.