The chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines is Jason Kurth.

Canonically, the chancellor is the chief record keeper for the diocese. The chancellor assists the bishop and vicar general in the administration of the diocesan staff to promote professional and faithful service to God's people.

Visiting Priests/Lay Presenters

Any person -- clergy or lay -- who wants to come to the Diocese of Des Moines to teach about the faith or morals must have Bishop Joensen's permission. 

Here are the guidelines. Please submit the paperwork to Jason Kurth.


A graduate of Valley High School, Kurth attended the University of Northern Iowa, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and also holds a master's degree in church administration from Villanova University. He taught theology at Dowling Catholic High School for three years. He has served the diocese as vocation specialist, vice-chancellor, co-chancellor and now as chancellor. 

To reach Jason Kurth, call 515-237-5039.