The Diocese of Des Moines

Department of Evangelization and Catechesis

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Department Staff Members

John Gaffney, Department Director  

  • ​Phone Number is 515-237-5026
  • E-mail is 
  • Responsibilities include:
    • ​adult faith formation programming
    • lay ecclesial ministry formation especially in the formation of catechetical leaders and catechists, directors of youth ministry and volunteers, and adult faith formation directors which includes portions of RCIA team formation
    • catechetical services which continually reviews resources for use in parish and school formation program

Justin White, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

  • ​Phone Number is 515-237-5098
  • E-mail is 
  • Responsibilities include:
    • programming for directors of youth ministry and volunteers
    • programming for young adults throughout the diocese





Sherri Simmer, Administrative Secretary

  • Phone Number is 515-237-5058
  • E-mail is
  • Responsibilities include:
    • Administrative responsibilities relating to evangelization and catechetical programming throughout the diocese.




​Father Mark Owusu, Director of Diocesan Campus Ministry

  • ​Phone Number is 515-271-4747
  • E-mail is
  • Responsibilities include:
    • ​programming primarily for college ages students in the Des Moines area campuses




Peggy Chicoine, Coordinator of Deaf Ministries

  • Phone Number is 515-237-5058 (Administrative Assistant Phone)
  • E-mail is (Administrative Assistant E-mail)
  • Responsibilities include:
    • ​programming primarily for deaf community for weekly Masses (held at St. Catherine of Siena in Des Moines) or Diocesan Liturgies (held at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines)