The Diocese of Des Moines
May 16, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Father Jim Kiernan, who served our diocese for 54 years as a priest, died Sunday evening at age 81. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. Arrangements for his funeral are pending.  May Father Jim Kiernan enjoy the fullness of life with the Risen Savior forever.

Here is Father's last homily, recorded at the Basilica of St. John this past Sunday.

May 15, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates discusses values, voting and Pope Francis in his column in this week's edition of America Magazine

"Neither party advocates the entirety of our Christian ethic. But our response must be practical, pursued through a party or candidate with whom, from our perspective, we can attain much of what is at stake for the common good," wrote Bishop Pates. "It is also necessary to transcend partisan limitations and join in common cause. In so doing, we pursue that path, enlightened by the Gospel, which recognizes the inherent value of each human person and renders to that person the life and dignity to which he or she is entitled as a child of God."



May 14, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox