Richard Pates

Bishop Richard Pates is the Bishop of Des Moines. He serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on international justice and peace and the subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. Pates is chair of the Iowa Catholic Conference Board, member of the National Advisory Board for the Center for Study of Church Management at Villanova University, member of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, and serves on the Board of Regents of Conception Seminary. Pates has previously 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. He is Catholic.

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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African at Heart

November 22, 2019


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