The Diocese of Des Moines
November 2016

November 29, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates spent a half hour with Jamie Johnson on WHO-Radio 1040AM last Saturday talking about the season of Advent. Here's the broadcast. Bishop is on beginning at 19:30.




November 19, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Congratulations to Dowling Catholic High School on its fourth consecutive Class 4A football championship win! Read the story here.




November 6, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

           The Diocese of Des Moines will conduct a memorial Mass for the two Des Moines metro-area police officers, Police Officer Justin Martin and Sergeant Anthony "Tony" Beminio, tragically slain last week. The Mass will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at St. Ambrose Cathedral in downtown Des Moines.

           All of the community is invited to share in this moment of prayer dedicated to those who heroically died on our behalf and their families. Especially to be remembered in prayer and solidarity are all police officers - active and retired -- in the Des Moines metro area who are particularly affected by this loss.

           All priests are welcome to concelebrate and deacons are invited to vest.




November 4, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 6, for a joint Lutheran/Catholic prayer service at 4 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral. The service kicks off the year leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began with Martin Luther nailing his "95 Theses" to a church door on Oct. 31, 1517.

Bishop Richard Pates will be joined by Lutheran Bishop Michael Burk, ELCA. Keynote speaker is Kathryn Johnson, director of ecumenical and inter-religious relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She will have just returned from a similar prayer service with Pope Francis in Lund, Sweden.

Locally, Catholics and Lutherans have gathered annually most  years since St. John Paul II visited Iowa. There are a great number of similarities in the two faith traditions, says Father John Ludwig.

"We have the same sense of sacrament, a sense of spirituality and liturgy," he said.




November 1, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Catholic Bishop Richard Pates and Lutheran Bishop Michael Burk, ELCA, together penned a column in today's Des Moines Register about the efforts to focus on overcoming differences between the Catholic and Lutheran faith traditions. Pope Francis is in Lund, Sweden, also pointing out the similarities during an ecumenical prayer service. Bishop Pates and Bishop Burk, too, invite you to join them in ecumenical prayer for unity. The local prayer service kicks off a year leading up to the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to a church door in Germany, thereby leading to the Protestant Reformation. During this year leading up to that anniversary, local Catholic and Lutheran congregations are encouraged to come together to focus on the similarities among the two traditions.