We are blessed to have 94 deacons serving our parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines! They do everything from witnessing marriages, celebrating baptisms and preaching at Mass, to helping the homeless, feeding the hungry and assisting people in need. Just last summer, Bishop Richard Pates ordained 14 new permanent deacons who will be serving God's people throughout central and southwest Iowa, and a new class has begun formation. Your Annual Diocesan Appeal gift is used to support the ongoing training and education of these deacons. As you consider your contribution to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, think of all the deacons serving the people of God in our diocese. Please be generous as you make your gift. You can complete a pledge card that should have arrived in the mail with a letter from Bishop Richard Pates, or you can click here and make your gift online now. We thank you for your generosity and for supporting the ministries and outreach efforts of the Diocese of Des Moines!