News: Allegation received, investigated

September, 28, 2018

The diocese recently received an allegation against Father Leonard Kenkel of decades-old sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop Pates immediately referred the allegation to local law enforcement, apologized to the victim, and suspended Father Kenkel's priestly faculties so he cannot engage in public ministry.

News: Priest Departs

September, 27, 2018

Bishop Richard Pates has accepted the request of Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu that Father Francis Aning Amoah, a priest of the Diocese of Konongo-Mampong, return to his home diocese in Ghana.

News: Diocese launches strategic planning process for St. Albert School

September, 5, 2018

Springing from a long-term strategic planning initiative for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines, Bishop Richard Pates is launching a secondary strategic planning effort specifically for St. Albert Catholic School system.