The Diocese of Des Moines

Appointment & Installation

Bishop Richard E. Pates became the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines on May 29, 2008.



Press release announcing the appointment of Bishop Richard Pates to the Diocese of Des Moines.
Watch a slide show of Bishop Pates's day when his appointment was announced.

   Read Bishop Pates's remarks (English)
   Read Bishop Pates's remarks (Spanish)
   Listen to Bishop Pates's news conference remarks in English.
   Listen to Bishop Pates's news conference remarks in Spanish.

Hear directly from Bishop Pates about his reaction to his appointment to Des Moines, his vocation story, his family and his first impressions of Iowa.

See the special section in the April 2008 issue of The Catholic Mirror featuring Bishop Pates.


An evening prayer service was held May 28, 2008 at St. Ambrose Cathedral, at which the age-old tradition of the knocking and opening of the cathedral door occurred.