Des Moines Catholic Worker

Des Moines Catholic Worker

The Des Moines Catholic Worker has served homeless and food insecure guests since it was founded over 40 years ago.
The Des Moines Catholic Worker community, founded in 1976, is a response to the Gospel call to compassionate action as summarized by the Sermon on the Mount. In the spirit of the Catholic Worker tradition, we are committed to a simple, nonviolent lifestyle as we live and work among the poor. We directly serve others by opening our home for those in need of food, clothing, bedding, a shower, or a cup of coffee and conversation. We also engage in activities that foster social justice.

Des Moines Catholic Worker
PO Box 4551
Des Moines IA 50305

Main Phone: 515-214-1030


Facebook: Des Moines Catholic Worker

Publication: Via Pacis 1976-2020 Via Pacis archives Via Pacis Archives

Four houses:

Bishop Dingman House
1310 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
Tel: 515-214-1030

Rachel Corrie House
1301 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314

Chelsea Manning House
1317 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314

Phil Berrigan House
713 Indiana Ave
Des Moines IA 50314
515 490 2490

Consider contacting the Des Moines Catholic Worker to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.



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“We must make the kind of society where it is easier for people to be good.”

—Peter Maurin

“God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.”

—Dorothy day