The Diocese of Des Moines
Join Us for Prayer, Forum on Racial Harmony in Our Community
September 8, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

In response to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call for prayer for peace in our communities, Bishop Richard Pates invites everyone to join him this Friday, Sept. 9 as he celebrates the 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High St.) The Mass will be in thanksgiving for the peace and harmony of racial relations that we have had in our community and to pray for the continual hard work we must do to continue its progress.

Following the Mass, at approximately 1:15 p.m. all are invited to join Bishop Pates across the street from the cathedral, in the Catholic Pastoral Center (601 Grand Ave.) for a soup lunch and a forum of three speakers addressing our communities’ efforts in this area of racial harmony.

Our speakers are:

  • Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert
  • Iowa Nebraska NAACP President Betty Andrews
  • Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for those who join us at the forum to offer brief commentary. For more information, contact Ken Bresnan, Catholic Charities parish outreach liaison, at 515-237-5089.

The call for prayer for peace in our communities falls on the feast of St. Peter Claver, who lived from 1580 to 1654, and is revered as a patron saint of African Americans.


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