Diocesan Finance Council

The Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines and his leadership team rely on the Finance Department to prepare accurate financial statements which communicate the financial stability of the diocese as a whole. The Finance Department works closely with the Diocesan Finance Council to advise and determine the policies, procedures, and resources necessary to demonstrate compliance and increase transparency with employees, members, vendors, and government. 

Diocese of Des Moines Finance Council Members

Diocesan Finance Council members serve a term of five years, with the option for reappointment to a second term of five years.

 Finance Council Members Experience Parish Appointment Date
 Most Reverend M. William Joensen, Ph.D Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines Diocese of Des Moines Nov. 2019
Vicar General, Rev. Dave Fleming Vicar General of the Diocese of Des Moines Diocese of Des Moines Jan. 2024
 Fr. Adam Westphal Pastor St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianola Dec. 2023
Matt Gronstal President at Council Bluffs Savings Bank St. Patrick, Council Bluffs Jul. 2016
Msgr. Ed Hurley Retired Pastor Retired Aug. 1998
Dan Kinsella Managing Partner at Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory St. Patrick, Imogene Jul. 2013
Tom Mahoney Retired Chariman of the Board at ITA Group, Inc. St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines Jul. 2019
Tim Marcsisak CEO at Nishna Valley Credit Union SS Peter & Paul, Atlantic Jul. 2018
Dan Ochylski Managing Director at Growth Financial Partners Sacred Heart, West Des Moines Oct. 2021
Rev. Joseph Pins Pastor St.. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines Sept. 2010
Patrick Smith District Court Judge: 5C St. Augustin, Des Moines Jul. 2018
Diocesan Staff Members      
Bob Larson Chief Administrative & Financial Officers St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines Jul. 2022
Laura Hofstrand Controller Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, Ankeny Jul. 2016
Jason Kurth Chancellor St. Pius X, Urbandale Dec. 2011

Updated May 1, 2024

Resources for Parish Finance Councils

Finance Councils are charged with overseeing the financial health of the parishes they serve. The Diocese of Des Moines supports our parishes’ Finance Councils with resources to guide the governance and operations so that they may effectively and efficiently carry out their financial oversight responsibilities.

Canon Law Regarding Parish Finance Councils

Canon law requires each parish to have a Finance Council.

Can. 537  In each parish there is to be a finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish, without prejudice to the prescript of can. 532.