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We welcome Bishop William M. Joensen to our Diocese

Pope Francis named Father William M. Joensen, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, as the 10th bishop for the Diocese of Des Moines. For the Bishop’s most recent guidelines, click HERE . For the latest information from the Diocese regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 go to



      Other Events

  • Man-Up West, November 2021:   Ut Fidem- (Keep the Faith!)   

    Ut Fidem is a small group ministry at Dowling Catholic High School that started in 2017. Since then, hundreds of students have participated in weekly formation with adult faith mentors who are on fire for the Catholic faith. Last year finished with 46 active small groups, which resulted in daily Mass and reconciliation numbers skyrocketing.  At the close of last year daily Mass attendance was consistently 80-100 students.  In keeping up with Ut Fidem alumni, it is clear that the ministry is having a lasting impact. According to a survey done by C1C Consulting, an arm of PEW Research, Ut Fidem students were 62% more likely to attend Mass 4+ times a month than non-Ut Fidem students while in college.  Jonny Carlson, Ut Fidem Coordinator, can’t wait to share more testimony of what they have witnessed over the last four and a half years. Come and find out their “Secret” of Success! Friday, November 12th at Noon/St. Francis of Assisi Parish, West Des Moines   Lunch (Chick-fil-A)/Program: High Noon, November 12th, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church- 7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines  Register for this event at