The Diocese of Des Moines
September 29, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

In their statement "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. As Pope Francis reminds us, “The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” Visit to read the statement and access helpful resources.

September 25, 2014
Written By: Father Dan Kirby

A bridge is an important structure. It helps people and vehicles to get to one side to another in a safe and timely manner. My position as Director of Seminarians has been called a bridge in two ways: A bridge between the seminarians and the Bishop and a bridge between the Bishop and the seminaries. I am to walk with the seminarians as they discern God’s call in their life, I share their progress with the Bishop but I also share the Bishop’s insights with them as well. This open bridge allows the seminarians and the Church to discern God’s call. The Director of Seminarians keeps both the Bishop and the seminaries informed about the seminarians or other important formation matters. Good communication between the Bishop and the seminaries helps the Church to form holy vocations. It is my hope that I help the seminarians safely discern their vocations and assist with the communication between the Bishop and seminaries in a timely manner. Please pray for me that I can be a good bridge.

September 24, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Join Christians of all ages and denominations for prayer and song as we show we are united in the love of Jesus Christ.  Participants will walk, sing, and pray along the Gray's Lake Trail this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.  For more information, go to Facebook and look up “Prayer Walk for Jesus.”