The Diocese of Des Moines has more than 50 active permanent deacons and 35 retired permanent deacons. They're involved in Ministry of Charity, Ministry of the Word and Ministry of Liturgy. As such, you can often find them preaching, assisting with Mass, celebrating weddings, baptisms or funerals (without Mass), engaged in various parish ministries such as RCIA and baptism preparation and active in areas of charity and justice. Deacons have even been found manning a booth at the Iowa State Fair an in effort to be present and available to answer questions about the Catholic faith and their vocation.
A Council of Deacons provides suggestions to the bishop and the diocesan director of the Vocations Department, which oversees the permanent diaconate. For more information, contact Father Ross Parker.