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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  • Finding Hope, Ending Hunger on Both Sides of the Border: A Bilingual Latino Devotional

    Devotional writers challenge us to feel the Spirit of God within us and to hear God’s urgent call to demand justice so all can put food on the table.
  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • 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...

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African at Heart

November 22, 2019


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