The Diocese of Des Moines
August 26, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Our Lady's Immaculate Heart and St. Luke Parishes in Ankeny are hosting a St. Monica Mass for the intention of those who have left the Church on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Last year, more than 200 people attended! This is an opportunity for those who are praying hard for their loved ones to come back to the Church to gather together with the same intention. St. Monica, through her prayer, converted her husband and mother-in-law to the Catholic Church. Thanks to her prayers, her son also changed his ways and eventually became St. Augustine. Mass will be at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, 501 E. 1st St. in Ankeny beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food, fellowsip and the sharing of a personal story will follow. Helpful resources will also be available. All are invited.

August 20, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

                It’s not too late to get your tickets for the third Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference Sept. 20-21 at Wells Fargo Arena.

            “This is a tremendous opportunity to hear real-life stories of struggle and conversion that will inspire each of us to look closer at our own relationships with God,” said Bishop Richard Pates. “These world-renowned speakers will share their faith journeys through which they have found their own unique ways of doing God’s will. I’m confident each of us who attends the Christ Our Life conference will reflect on how we are instruments of God’s love.”

             Thousands of people are expected to pray with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and warmly welcome back to central Iowa Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, genocide survivor and author Immaculee Ilibagiza, and retreat master and author Father Larry Richards.

            Former Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio Grey will share her family’s struggle with mental illness, and former model Mario St. Francis Herrera will explain why he left the fast-track party life. Mark Hart will share his knowledge of scripture with humor and relevance while Tom Peterson will explain how a life-altering conversion led him to use his media skills to boost Catholic evangelization.

            Also coming to the heartland is Tony Melendez, a Nicaraguan American guitar player who was born without arms. Returning to Des Moines is musician and storyteller Steve Angrisano, who has inspired people at the 2011 diocesan Centennial Celebration and the last Christ Our Life conference.

            Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students/youth, and $15 for seminarians. Tickets afford attendees the opportunity to come and go at will throughout the entire event. They are available in parishes or by going online to For additional ticket information, email


August 15, 2014
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Join us in celebrating rural life and stewardship of the land this Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the farm of Tom and Amy Doud near Stuart, Iowa. Take I-80 to the Stuart exit and go south to 110th St. Then go east three miles to get to the farm. This is a great way to honor the many people whose roots are in farming. Come out and enjoy a great summer day on the farm!