The Diocese of Des Moines
December 2016

December 18, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

            Father Paul Monahan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines, has been found guilty of five counts of invasion of privacy, a serious misdemeanor, by Judge Gary Anderson, district associate judge of Iowa District 4 in a decision rendered Friday, December 16.  The decision will be appealed by Father’s attorney. 

            The charges stemmed from an incident involving Father Monahan at a high school track meet in April, 2016.

            Sentencing is scheduled for January 18, 2017. 

            Bishop Richard Pates first became aware on July 8 that law enforcement was investigating five allegations against Father Monahan. Following diocesan protocol, Bishop Pates immediately suspended the retired priest from all public ministry during the investigation and adjudication. The diocese’s first priority is in creating a safe environment for children.

            “On behalf of the Diocese of Des Moines, I wish to extend my apologies to those who experienced injury,” said Bishop Richard Pates. “During this Advent season, I ask you to keep in your prayers the victims and their families, the Council Bluffs community served by Father Monahan for many years, and for Father Monahan.”

What’s next?

            Father Monahan’s suspension remains in effect. The case will be brought before the diocesan Allegation Review Committee, as outlined in the diocesan policy on sexual abuse of a minor by clergy (http://www.dmdiocese.org/diocesan-policy-on-sexual-abuse.cfm).  The committee will investigate the matter in order to advise Bishop Pates on the appropriate action to be taken with regard to the ministry of Father Monahan. 

The diocesan Allegation Review Committee is comprised of a judge, a police chief, an attorney, a licensed clinical social worker, a priest and a permanent deacon.

Assistance

            The diocese offers counseling and assistance to such victims and invites any others who were victims to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Advocate, Sherry Knox, at 515-286-2028 or advocate@dmdiocese.org or sherry.knox@polkcountyiowa.gov.  Knox works for Polk County Victim Assistance and can help with making a complaint and seeking support.

Service record

            Father Monahan was ordained in 1960 and retired in 2004.

            He taught at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines for four years after ordination and then was assigned to serve as a teacher at St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs. In 1975, he became principal of St. Albert High School.

In 1979, he began parish ministry. He served St. Columbanus in Weston, St. Mary in Avoca, St. Patrick in Walnut, Holy Family in Council Bluffs, St. Mary in Portsmouth and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Glenwood.

In retirement, he has served at St. Albert Schools as a senior chaplain.




December 12, 2016
Written By: Kelly Collins

Bishop Richard Pates made the following remarks at the opening of the Thomas More Society's nativity scene at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday morning, December 12. Governor Terry Branstad was also on hand for the event, where he thanked the crowd for attending and make remarks. 

"We come today at the invitation of the Thomas More Society not so much to impose or intrude on others in these quarters.  Rather as Christians we wish to introduce ourselves to an ever greater degree to those with whom we share this public space.

"For us, this beautiful scene of the Savior represents that we are people of peace, we are committed to the pursuit of truth and justice seeking always to exercise mercy and good will.  We stand together with all who seek the common good and the free exercise of human rights.

"In our tradition this scene will move on to other episodes in the life of the Christ.  It will soon evolve into his flight with his parents into Egypt as a refugee and immigrant.  This particular event calls us, his followers, to exercise compassion and be merciful to all those who today are fleeing intolerable situations solely to pursue a normal way of life for their families.

"It is our desire that we can grow in mutuality – in fruitful encounter and relationship as Pope Francis encourages, to engender hope and tranquility for all of our brothers and sisters in the human family.

Amen"




December 12, 2016
Written By: Kelly Collins




December 11, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

All are invited to the opening of a nativity scene at the Iowa Capitol this Monday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in Des Moines. Bishop Richard Pates and Gov. Terry Branstad are scheduled to appear.

The nativity structure was built by Eagle Scout candidate Sam Maloley. Join us at the nativity in the northwest corner of the first floor rotunda near the battle flag exhibit as we celebrate Advent and prepare for the birth of Jesus.




December 8, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

With the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe just a few days away, check out the many events scheduled at multiple parishes across our diocese. You are invited to stop by any of the events and enjoy this rich cultural tradition of our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters.

Corpus Christi in Council Bluffs

Dec. 11

2 p.m. Mass

3 p.m. Celebration with music, food,

 

Basilica of St. John in Des Moines

Dec. 11

7 p.m. Rosary

7:30 p.m. Mass

8:30 p.m. Celebration with music, dances, and food

 

Christ the King in Des Moines

Dec. 12

6 a.m. Mañanitas a la Virgen (Traditional birthday song)

6 p.m. Rosary

6:45 p.m. Mass in Spanish

8 p.m. Play of Our Lady of Guadalupe Apparitions

8:30 p.m. Celebration with music, dances and food 

 

OLOA in Des Moines

Dec. 11

6 p.m. Misa

7:45 p.m. Play of Our Lady of Guadalupe Apparitions

9:30 p.m. Preparation for Procession

10 p.m. Procession from OLOA to St. Ambrose Cathedral

11:15 p.m. Rosary at St. Ambrose Cathedral

Dec. 12

12 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Pates and co celebrated with priest from the Diocese. 

12 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Americas

5:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Americas

 

St. Anthony in Des Moines

Dec. 11

5 p.m. Rosary 

5:30 p.m. Mass and blessing of roses

7 p.m. Play of Our Lady of Guadalupe Apparitions

7:30 p.m. Procession of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Parish to the Grotto

8 p.m. Mañanitas

8:15 p.m. Celebration with music, dances and food

 

St. Patrick in Lenox

Dec. 12

5:30 p.m. Mass

6:30 p.m. Celebration with food

 

St. Bernard in Osceola

Dec. 12

6 p.m. Mass

7 p.m. Celebration with food 

 

St. Patrick in Perry

Dec. 12

6 p.m. Mass

7 p.m. Procession from church to school gym

7:15 p.m. Celebration with music and food

 

St. Mary in Red Oak

Dec. 9

7 p.m. Rosary in Spanish

Dec. 11

1 p.m. Mass

2 p.m. Celebration with food

 

Sacred Heart in West Des Moines

Dec. 11

7 p.m. Family movie night with treats and the singing of Las Mañanitas, a traditional Mexican birthday song in the parish center  

Dec. 12

5:30 p.m.  Rosary

6 p.m. Procession of Our Lady of Guadalupe starting in the Parish Center

7 p.m. Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the church

8 p.m. Celebration after mass in the Sacred Heart School gym




December 6, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Dr. Jerry Deegan, president of Dowling Catholic High School, has announced his retirement from the school effective Oct. 1, 2017. Dr. Deegan will have served in the leadership role at the school for 17 years by the time the retirement takes effect.

“Dr. Deegan has served with outstanding skill in leading Dowling Catholic to new heights,” said Bishop Richard Pates. “From every vantage point – Catholic identity, academics, co-curricular programs, athletics, faculty and staff development to the physical plant – he has made a lasting difference. I join all who have benefitted from his service with whole-hearted thanks.”

“There is no doubt Dr. Deegan, with his energy, leadership and personality traits, will be missed,” added Bishop Pates. “Fortunately for his successor, he has built an enduring platform and culture at the school which will serve all of its stakeholders, especially the Diocese of Des Moines, well into the future.”

The school’s success is a direct result of the successful visioning and strategic planning that Dr. Deegan has led during his tenure, said diocesan Schools Superintendent Dr. Tracy Bonday.

“His strong leadership has ensured the school will maintain a strong Catholic identity, educational excellence and operational vitality. Dowling Catholic has and will continue to transform students through faith and knowledge,” she said.

A committee will be created this month to begin the process of searching for a new president for Dowling Catholic High School. A new president is expected to be named by May 1, 2017.

Dr. Deegan has dedicated his 45-year career to education, primarily at Dowling Catholic High School. He was an English teacher, counselor and assistant principal at the West Des Moines high school from 1972 through 1996 before going to Overland Park, Kansas to become principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Four years later, he was named president of Dowling Catholic, succeeding Msgr. Michael Hess, who had served as president for 24 years.

A graduate of Gehlen Catholic High School in Le Mars, Dr. Deegan earned his doctoral degree from Drake University. 




December 1, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

A trial on the invasion of privacy charges against Father Paul Monahan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines, has concluded and Judge Gary Anderson, district associate judge of Iowa District 4, has decided to take the case under advisement.

The charges stemmed from an incident involving Father Monahan at a high school track meet in April, 2016.

Bishop Richard Pates first became aware on July 8 that law enforcement was investigating five allegations against Father Monahan. Following diocesan protocol, Bishop Pates suspended the retired priest from all public ministry during the investigation and adjudication. The diocese’s first priority is in creating a safe environment for children.

Bishop Pates extends thanks all involved in seeking to bring this matter to resolution.

Father Monahan was ordained in 1960 and retired in 2004. He taught at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs. In 1975, he became principal of St. Albert High School. In 1979, he began parish ministry, serving six parishes. In retirement, he has served at St. Albert Schools as a senior chaplain.

The diocese offers counseling and assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse and encourages victims of clergy or church personnel to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Advocate, Sherry Knox, at 515-286-2028 or advocate@dmdiocese.org or sherry.knox@polkcountyiowa.gov.  Knox works for Polk County Victim Assistance and can help with making a complaint and seeking support.