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    Since 1972, St. Joseph Educational Center has served as a Catholic adult faith education center supported by the parishes of the Des Moines region. We exist to help foster in adults a mature Catholic faith that is living, explicit and fruitful.

    We invite you to take a look around our website, access our resources and participate in our events.

    "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" (Lk 12:49)


St. Thomas defines holiness as that virtue by which a man's mind applies itself and all its acts to God;… [more]

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The Journey Home

About 115 family care givers, parish volunteers and pastoral care ministers gathered on Saturday, April… [more]

The Journey Home The Journey Home

SJEC Spotlight


Parish-based Study & Fellowship Groups

Des Moines region parishes offer a variety of faith sharing and study groups.  Some are specific to your state in life, others are based on interest area. Local parish contacts are listed here for men’s groups, women’s groups, mothers’ groups, marriage groups, widowers’ groups, and young adult groups.     Marriage Enrichment Groups Abundant Living Abundant Living is a social group with the mission of celebrating the gift of the Church’s teaching on natural family planning and the many benefits this teaching offers... Read More



Parish-based Scripture Studies

Regional parishes offer numerous Scriptures studies throughout the year.  Some are short-term and some last for an entire academic year. Local parish contacts are listed here for some of the most popular programs, including Catholic Scripture... Read More


Retreats & Missions

A number of locations for private or group retreats are available within driving distance. Several parish-based retreat programs are also available in the Des Moines region. Retreat Locations For more information on retreat locations in or near... Read More

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Young Adult Resources

Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political,... Read More


Easter Resources

Here are some recommended resources to help you celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Music Seasonal Sacred Music Easter Music, from the... Read More

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Catholic Literature


Director’s Choice April

“Pope Francis’ Groundbreaking First Year” America Magazine,Vol.... Read More

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St. Thomas defines holiness as that virtue by which a man’s mind... Read More

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Baptism Prep Program

Baptism Prep: Video Trailer


We really like the personal feel of the program…and we have had some great discussions... Read More

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