Richard Pates

Des Moines, Iowa.
Bishop of Des Moines.

Member, Board of Direcors of the North American College in Rome, the National Advisory Board for the Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova Univeristy, the National Catholic Rural Lift Conference, the Board of Recents of Conception Seminary. Has served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees on education, evangelization, pastoral practices, women in society and in the church, world mission, and international justice and peace. Catholic.

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  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.