Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

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Diocese of Des Moines
Dioecesis Desmoinensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, IA.svg
Country  United States
Territory 23 Counties in the Southwest quadrant of Iowa
Ecclesiastical province Dubuque
Metropolitan Michael Owen Jackels
Coordinates 41°35′19″N 93°37′32″W / 41.58861°N 93.62556°W / 41.58861; -93.62556Coordinates: 41°35′19″N 93°37′32″W / 41.58861°N 93.62556°W / 41.58861; -93.62556
Area 12,446 sq mi (32,230 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
103,430 (12.3%)
Parishes 81
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 12, 1911 (106 years ago)
Cathedral Saint Ambrose Cathedral
Patron saint Mary, Queen of Heaven
St. Pius X
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Richard Pates
Emeritus Bishops Joseph Leo Charron, C.PP.S.
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The Diocese of Des Moines (Latin: Dioecesis Desmoinensis) is the Roman Catholic diocese for the southwestern quarter of the U.S. state of Iowa. It is a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The See city for the diocese is Des Moines. The cathedral parish for the diocese is St. Ambrose. Currently Bishop Richard E. Pates is the bishop of the diocese, though he submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis in February 2018, as it is required for bishops to do so upon turning 75. Pates will continue to serve as bishop, until a successor is named.[1]


St. Ambrose Cathedral, Des Moines
Logo of the Diocese of Des Moines

Like other American dioceses, the area that makes up the present diocese was under the jurisdiction of a number of prelates. Most of these were purely academic because of no actual Catholic presence in the area. In the 19th century, the area came under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Saint Louis Joseph Rosati. It was under his jurisdiction that the first permanent Catholic presence came to what would be the state of Iowa.

In 1838, the Diocese of Dubuque was founded. Initially the area of the Dubuque Diocese included all of Iowa, as well as a large part of the western United States. By 1850 the Diocese's territory came to cover the state of Iowa. Bishop John Hennessey soon came to believe that the southern half of the state would be better served by its own Diocese. While he envisioned Des Moines as the See City for this new Diocese, on June 14, 1881 the southern half of Iowa was taken from the Dubuque Diocese, and formed into the new Diocese of Davenport. For just over 30 years the area that now makes up the Des Moines Diocese was part of the Diocese of Davenport.

Territory was then taken from the Diocese of Davenport on August 12, 1911 to form the Diocese of Des Moines. The territory that was taken to form the Davenport Diocese is the current territory of the Diocese.[2][3] When the Des Moines Diocese was established, Saint Ambrose Parish became the Cathedral parish for the new Diocese.


The following men have served as Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. Their dates of service are also included.

John Joseph Boylan was a priest of this diocese, appointed Bishop of Rockford in 1942.

High schools[edit]

Map of the Ecclesiastical Province of Dubuque

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crowder, Courtney. "'Big shoes to fill.' Bishop Pates retires after a career in Des Moines as an outspoken advocate for immigrants". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines Register. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Des Moines". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Diocese of Des Moines". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 

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