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.
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.
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.