The Diocese of Des Moines
We heard you. The Q&A is coming back!
Father John Ludwig will kick off our new "Ask a Priest" column beginning with the February edition of The Catholic Mirror.
We heard you. The Q&A is coming back!
January 20, 2017
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

During the past summer we asked you, our readers, what you like and what we could improve upon in your diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Mirror.

You spoke clearly: You want the question and answer column back!

Years ago, we had a column provided by Catholic News Service written by the late Father John Dietzen, then Father Kenneth Foley. People sent in questions about why the Church teaches this or that, seeking advice for what they should do in certain situations and how they could encourage others to believe in Christ.

The Q&A was an important evangelization and catechetical tool.

We cut it for budgetary reasons. Now, we’re bringing it back with our own Father John Ludwig.

The pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Norwalk graciously agreed to help answer your questions and, in the process, explain why the Catholic Church teaches what it does, providing a greater understanding and context for Church tradition and practices.

Father Ludwig is a graduate of Dowling Catholic High School. He went on to study at Loras College in Dubuque and in Louvain, Belgium. Ordained in 1974 by Bishop Maurice Dingman, he has served in education and in parishes in and around Des Moines.

He was on the faculty at Dowling Catholic and served as the diocesan director of religious education.

He served the Des Moines parishes of Holy Trinity, St. Mary of Nazareth, St. Joseph and Drake Newman/St. Catherine of Siena.

He has been serving St. John the Apostle Parish in Norwalk since 2002 and is our diocesan ecumenical officer.

We welcome Father Ludwig to the pages of The Catholic Mirror and invite you to your questions to: Ask a Priest/The Catholic Mirror, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309 or

We’re grateful for the many people who completed the readership survey and continue to look at how your feedback can shape our communication plan. Thank you! Save to


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