Victim Assistance


The bishop has appointed Sam Porter as the Victim Assistance Advocate. He is also a staff member at Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services. Porter assists victims through the complaint process, and in seeking support and counseling services. Interested parties can call Porter at (515) 286-2015 or e-mail him at or to make a complaint or seek support or counseling. Please see "File a Complaint" for instructions on filing a formal complaint with the diocese.

Una alegación de abuso sexual de un menor de edad por un parroco de la iglesia católica se puede hacer contactando a la encargada(o) de Asistencia para Victimas de la dióceses. Para contactarse con la encargada(o), llame al (515) 286-2031 o mande un mensaje electronico a:

Prayer & Fasting in the Face of Sexual Abuse

On Aug. 29, Bishop Richard Pates called on all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Des Moines to pray and fast on each Friday during the month of September to encourage penitence for the sin of sexual abuse that has affected our Church as well as the cover-up of this sin by Church leadership. Here are resources provided by Bishop Pates for penitential services and suggestions for holy hour or other prayer.