The late Bishop Maurice Dingman wanted a house of prayer for all people seeking spiritual growth and a desire to listen and respond to the working of the Holy Spirit. He also wanted a place to serve the pastoral needs of priests and other ministers, a place for quiet prayer and reflection, and a place that would support the social justice ministry and outreach of the diocese. And so, Emmause House was born. Originally staffed by the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province, the retreat house in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines offers Mass several times a week, Ignatian spiritual exercises, prayer workshops, spiritual direction and more. Cindy Shaw and Father Dan Krettek co-cirect the Emmaus House, at 1521 Center St.
Emmaus House has had a profound impact on those it has served. "Many people have experienced it as profoundly personal and transformative," said Father Krettek. "Folks who have been Catholic all their lives find a whole new depth and personal prayer."
Come be a part of the celebration of Emmaus House's 40 years of service on Sunday, June 28 with a 4 p.m. vesper service at St. Ambrose Cathedral followed by a catered dinner and program. To RSVP, email Emmaus House or call 515-282-4839.