Special Collection for Seminarians: The diocesan-wide Special Collection for Seminarians will be conducted on September 12 and 13. Registered parishioners will be receiving a letter and brochure in the mail from Bishop Pates. Gifts to this collection support the education and formation costs associated with seminarians, which continually rise. There are 19 seminarians in the Diocese of Des Moines. They are quality individuals dedicated to discernment. Your prayers for the number to continue to increase are appreciated. The need for your support is critical so that we may continue providing for our seminarians. Your gift to this important appeal makes the difference for our faith leaders of tomorrow by providing necessary educational funding. The average cost to educate one seminarian is approximately $30,000 each year. Please experience the joy of giving and join us as we work together to expand God’s work. You may return your gift in the collection basket next week, mail it to the Diocese, or gifts may be made online with a credit card at Please designate the Seminarian Annual Collection.