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Dubuque Priest Ordained Diocese Of Des Moines

A Dubuque priest has been ordained as the 10th bishop to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. More than 1,500 parishioners witnessed the ordination Friday of Reverend William Joensen at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines, the diocese’s largest. Pope Francis selected the 59-year-old Joensen, an Iowa native, to replace former Bishop Richard Pates, who retired after holding the role for more than a decade. Joensen had been serving as Dean of Spiritual Life at Loras College and Spiritual Director of St. Pius The Tenth Seminary in Dubuque. His past assignments include serving as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish from 1989 to 1992, associate pastor of Church of the Resurrection from 1992 to 1995 and chaplain of Clarke University from 2003 to 2010.

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