The Diocese of Des Moines
August 2017

August 29, 2017
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

            Bishop Richard Pates asks parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines to hold an emergency collection in the next few weeks to provide financial aid for the Gulf Coast devastated by the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey and subsequent rain that’s dumped an unprecedented amount of water on Texas.

            Donations can be made online. All contributions will be given on behalf of the Diocese of Des Moines both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

            “The images we’re seeing from Corpus Christi, Rockport and Houston show communities suffering unimaginable damage from wind and rain that continues to fall at unprecedented levels. Homes are flooded. Cars are submerged. The pictures of families fleeing their homes with just the clothes on their backs, of people wading chest-deep in water seeking shelter, are heartbreaking,” said Bishop Pates.

In addition to financial support, he asks for prayers on a continuing basis for those affected.

            “This is a time when people of good will must come together to provide prayer and support to our neighbors to the south,” he added. “The toll of the storm will continue to rise and we know the recovery process will be long and arduous.”

August 13, 2017
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates issued the following statement in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia violence.

“I make my own the following statement of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued in reaction to the racist violence in Charlottesville. I do so with full recollection of the fruitful prayer and dialogue which we experienced on Sept. 9, 2016 in a gathering addressing racism and violence in Des Moines. May our community remain intensely committed to justice, peace and a cooperative spirit among all races, all God’s children.”

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston issued the following statement Aug. 12 in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"On behalf of the bishops of the United States, I join leaders from around the nation in condemning the violence and hatred that have now led to one death and multiple injuries in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer our prayers for the family and loved ones of the person who was killed and for all those who have been injured. We join our voices to all those calling for calm.

“The abhorrent acts of hatred on display in Charlottesville are an attack on the unity of our nation and therefore summon us all to fervent prayer and peaceful action. The bishops stand with all who are oppressed by evil ideology and entrust all who suffer to the prayers of St. Peter Claver as we approach his feast day. We also stand ready to work with all people of goodwill for an end to racial violence and for the building of peace in our communities.

“Last year a Task Force of our Bishops Conference under Archbishop Wilton Gregory proposed prayers and resources to work for unity and harmony in our country and in our Church. I am encouraging the bishops to continue that work especially as the Feast of St. Peter Claver approaches."