Bishop Richard Pates announced four Diocese of Des Moines appointments, all of which are effective July 1, 2014.
Father David Fleming has been appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Des Moines. This position, codified in the Church’s Canon Law, is filled by an ordained member of the clergy who assists the Bishop in the governing of the diocese. Father Fleming will serve as Vicar General while continuing in his role as pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale and diocesan exorcist.
A graduate of Dowling Catholic High School, he attended Grand View University, the University of Northern Iowa, St. Ambrose University in Davenport and completed his theology studies at North American College in Rome.
Father Fleming was ordained in 1990 and has served in administration and parish ministry. He has served St. Augustin and St. Ambrose Parishes in Des Moines, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny, All Saints Parish in Stuart and St. Patrick Parish in Council Bluffs prior to being appointed pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale in 2012. He also has served as diocesan Director of Vocations and Chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines.
Jason Kurth will undertake additional responsibility in the new role of Co-Chancellor of the Diocese of Des Moines. He has a B.A. degree in history from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, he holds an M.Div degree from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. In 2013, he was awarded a master’s degree in Church Management from Villanova University. As Co-Chancellor, he will assist with special projects as designated by the Bishop and serve as a resource in parish and diocesan planning efforts.
Laura Hofstrand, who has been a member of the diocesan staff since August, 2008, has been appointed Accounting Manager. She is originally from Mason City. She obtained a B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University and last year completed an MBA at ISU. In her new position, she will: be the lead auditor for internal control reviews at parishes and schools; manage the diocesan payroll, cash receipt and disbursement processes; and assist with supervisory duties.
John “Duy” Huynh has been appointed as Vocation Specialist for the Diocese of Des Moines. He will undertake this role while remaining a full-time theology teacher at Dowling Catholic High School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in theology from Loras College in Dubuque. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Barry University at Miami Shores, Fla. He will provide assistance to the Office of Vocations in coordination with Bishop and the Vocations Team.