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The below are resources available from the Diocese and national organizations that will help grow your faith.

Special Studies

Natural Family Planning

Coordinators: Kerry & Renee McGuire. For more information, contact the Parish Office at 515-223-4577.

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Online Studies


FORMED offers digital faith formation on demand for all ages including Catholic videos, audio books, e-books and study programs. To access, go to, and create an account as a member of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Groups of two or more can start a Bible study or faith formation program anywhere, anytime.

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10 Gifts of the Catholic Faith

Video-based sessions available online. From the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

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Elements of the Mass

Video episodes to help you know and love the liturgy more. From

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Faith Journey – The Catechetical Institute

The mission of Faith Journey – The Catechetical Institute, sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, is to further students’ spiritual formation and deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. The heart of the curriculum is based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and provides a systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Click here to view a video featuring people who have previously participated in this program.

For more information, contact John Huynh at 515-237-5006.

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Certificate in Theology and Ministry

Are you interested in deepening your knowledge of the Catholic faith? Do you want to enhance your pastoral skills? The Certificate in Theology and Ministry may be right for you! This program of academic and pastoral development consists of a series of courses delivered digitally over the course of one year. This means you can participate on your schedule. Co-sponsored by the St. Joseph Educational Center and Creighton University.

For more information, contact Tom Quinlan at 515-222-1084 or visit

Called & Gifted

How is God calling you? Called & Gifted is a three-part process developed by the Catherine of Siena Institute that includes 1) an introductory workshop, 2) a 60-minute spiritual gifts interview, and 3) discernment in depth. All three parts of the process are necessary for discovering where you are gifted.

Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for others. All charisms are to be exercised in the service of God (CCC, no. 2003). For more information, please contact Vivian at 515-440-1030.

Emmaus House

The Emmaus House is an oasis of quiet in the midst of the busyness of life. Located near downtown Des Moines, Emmaus House Ministry offers to people of all faiths wonderful spiritual resources, including spiritual direction, private or directed retreats, a quiet chapel for daily prayer and twice weekly Eucharistic celebration. For more information or to register for an event or offering, visit their website or call 515-282-4839.

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