The Diocese of Des Moines
October 2016

October 26, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The results are in from the Mercy Summit in Council Bluffs last weekend and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Of those attending, 100 percent said the morning gathering was good, very good or excellent. Check out pictures here.

This Saturday, the summit will be offered in the Des Moines metro area. Now is your chance to register. Be affirmed in your ministry and see God working among us through your effort to extend mercy to others. 

The Mercy Summit is free and open to all all volunteers who help at food pantries, clothing closets, and hospitals, those who advocate for the most vulnerable, visit the sick, help refugees and immigrants, and cook lunches for families experiencing funerals. It is open to those whose job calls them to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

The Mercy Summit in the Des Moines metro area is this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. Come hear Cindy Shaw, of Emmaus House, and Bishop Richard Pates as they affirm and encourage those in ministries of mercy. Learn how to walk with those experiencing difficulty and conmnect your ministry wtih your relationship with God.

Questions? Feel free to call Anne Marie Cox at 515-237-5057. We hope to see you Saturday at the Mercy Summit!


October 17, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

If you're volunteering at a food pantry, at a community clothing closet, at a hospital or hospice, helping to make funeral luncheons or in any way extending mercy to others through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, then Bishop Pates invites you to the Mercy Summit this Saturday morning (Oct. 22, 8 a.m. - noon) at St. Peter Church in Council Bluffs to affirm and encourage those who are practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

The morning is primarily about how we connect the Church’s social mission to being a beloved child of God. Keynote presenter Dr. Matt Halbach will have us all reflect on what it means to be a Church of Mercy.  Breakout sessions are designed for further conversation focused more specifically on certain areas of outreach:

  • to those who are sick or imprisoned;
  • to those who are without home or hungry;
  • to those who are most vulnerable in society and
  • to those who are the immigrant and the refugee. 

A few of the questions we will ponder in the breakout includes:

  • How does your relationship with God impact your ministry?  How does your ministry impact your relationship with God?
  • How is God present to you and those you serve?  How has God used you as an instrument of mercy?
  • How can the Diocese of Des Moines support your ministry?

Each breakout session will be facilitated by someone whose ministry outreach is in one of these four core areas. 

We hope you consider joining us at this Mercy Summit as the Jubilee of Mercy year comes to a close. It's a wonderful opportunity  to pause, reflect and energize. If you're planning to come, please register here and let us know if you want to use the free childcare that will be available.  If you'd like to attend the Mercy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 29 at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, we encourage you to register here and let us know if you would like the free childcare service that will be available.

October 11, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

This email is a reminder that operations at the Catholic Pastoral Center are moving to The Ruan Center at 666 Grand Ave., just across the street from the Catholic Pastoral Center, while it undergoes renovation. 

Catholic Charities, the Senior Housing Corporation of the Diocese of Des Moines and the diocesan Finance Office will be located on ½ of the 9th floor.  This is a publicly accessible floor and will house our receptionists for both the diocese and Catholic Charities.  All visitors should come to the 9th floor.

The remainder of the diocesan staff as well as offices for The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa and the Catholic Tuition Organization will be on the 18th floor. 

Our postal address will not change.  Please continue to use the following mailing address for the pastoral center: 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.

We will have a brief time in which pastoral center services will be interrupted.  Our move will begin Thursday, Oct. 13 and will continue through Friday.  Our diocesan network and internet will be down from Friday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 16.  All individual phone extensions will be inaccessible during this time. The main diocesan and Catholic Charities contact numbers will be re-directed to cell phones on Friday, Oct. 14 for service.  Staff will have access to diocesan email during this time.  I share this so that you might be aware of our schedule and its impact on operations. 

Operations will resume at The Ruan Center Monday morning, Oct. 17.