The Diocese of Des Moines

Homilies of Bishop Pates

The following is an archive of homilies and reflections by Bishop Richard Pates.



    7-22-17  Ordination of priests and deacons - Diocese of Kononga-Mampong



    12-18-16  Fr. Gomez Ordination

    11-4-16 Opening Prayer at  NAACP event

     9-25-16  Christ Our Life 

     3-18-16 Chrism Mass 

     3-10-16 Prayer before the opening of the Iowa Senate

     2-4-16  Talk - Church of the Visitation, Kansas City Missouri



     10-23-15  Reflection - Iowa, the United Nations and Climate Change

     10-21-15  Reflection - Loras, Climate Change

     7-11-15  Homily - St. Patrick, Imogene 100th anniversary

     7-5-15  Homily -- priesthood candidacy

     6-28-15  Homily - 40th Aniversary of Emmaus

     6-28-15 Homily -- 100th anniversary of St. Peter Vietnamese Catholic Community

     6-5-15 Intro - Ordination of Frs. Andrew Windschitl & Luis Mejia Spanish

     6-5-15 Intro & Homily -- Ordination of Frs. Andrew Windschitl & Luis Mejia English

     3-26-15 Homily -- Chrism Mass

     2-5-15 Homily -- FADICA symposium, Clearwater, Florida



      9-20-14 Homily - Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference

      8-16-14 Homily - Ordination of 9 permanent deacons 

      6-06-14 Homily - Transitional Diaconate Ordination English

      6-06-14 Homily - Transitional Diaconate Ordination Spanish

      4-27-14  Homily - Divine Mercy Sunday (in Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic)



        6-7-13    Homily - Presbyteral Ordination

        6-4-13    Bishop Pates made a presentation at the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly for the Catholic Health

                       Association in the United States

        3-22-13  Homily  -Chrism Mass 

        3-23-13  Homily - Men's Conference 

        3-25-13  Invocation - Keep Iowa Beautiful Dinner

        2-19-13 Senate - House Prayer Service

        2-10-13 Homily - Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, DC

        1-30-13 Bishop Pates made a presentation and gave a homily to 40 rectors of theological seminaries

         and 23 rectors of college seminaries. The occasion was the gathering of the National Catholic

         Education Association Seminary Department, which convened at Rigali Pastoral Center in St. Louis.

          Homily      Presentation




            8-19-12 Homily at St. Thomas Aquinas Dedication

            8-14-12 Homily at Spiritan Ordination

             7-08-12 Homily at Ordination of Chori Seraiah

            Spring 2012 Confirmation homily

            Spring 2012 Confirmation homily (Spanish)

             2-15-12 Homily for closing Mass of 2012 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering            




             6-03-11 Homily at priestly ordination of Father Guthrie Dolan

             2-08-11 Homily at the Iowa Catholic Conference's annual Legislative Mass




           11-19-10 Homily at transitional diaconate ordination for Guthrie Dolan

           11-19-10 Spanish introduction, homily at transitional diaconate ordination for Guthrie Dolan

           10-16-10 Address at Christ our Life Catholic Conference

           10-16-10 Homily for Christ Our Life Catholic Conference

           10-02-10  Keynote address at Serra Club convention in Dubuque, Ia.

             8-14-10  Deacon ordination at St. Ambrose Cathedral, 13 men ordained to the

                             permanent diaconate

             6-20-10 Homily Rededication of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church

               6-4-10   Homily,Ordination of Father Zachary Kautzky  

               2-8-10   Prayer for Life day at the Capitol, Bishop Pates offered a prayer and reflection

                             on laws pertaining to life.



12-13-09  3rd Sunday of Advent, Bishop Richard Pates presents a homily during Mass

                    at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines. This video is 9 minutes long.
8-23-09     Dedication of Winterset Church, Bishop Pates dedicated a new church

                    built by parishioners of St. Joseph in Winterset.
8-29-09     Serra Club Convention, Bishop Pates addressed vocations during a

                   Serra Club convention in Omaha, Neb.
8-30-09     Mercy West Lakes Hospital Dedication, Bishop Pates dedicated a new hospital for

                   Mercy Medical Center and talked about outreach to the sick.
10-13-09  World Food Prize Reflection,  Bishop Pates offered a reflection during World Food Prize luncheon, saying the founder of the World Food Prize and those researchers who are honored have accomplished work that has saved millions of lives and enhanced the dignity of people. He tied the efforts of the World Food Prize with the words of Pope John Paul II during his visit in 1979 to Iowa about safeguarding creation and the land so it could continue to be productive and appreciated by generations to come.
10-24-09  The Priestly Ordination of Reynaldo Hernandez in El Salvador, Bishop Pates said many in the Des Moines diocese will benefit greatly from the gifts Father Hernandez will share when he comes to serve the Latino immigrants.