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    Since 1972, St. Joseph Educational Center has served as a Catholic adult faith education center serving 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)

Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from a Catholic Perspective

Join SJEC Director Matthew Halbach, PhD, as he presents, "Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from… [more]

Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from a Catholic Perspective Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from a Catholic Perspective

Called & Gifted Workshop

More than 160 people from over 40 parishes in the Des Moines region and beyond came to learn about our… [more]

Called & Gifted Workshop Called & Gifted Workshop

Year of Marriage & Family

Our diocese will celebrate a Year of Marriage and Family which will begin October 19, 2014, and conclude… [more]

Year of Marriage & Family Year of Marriage & Family

SJEC Spotlight

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Understanding and Living Pope Francis’ Vision of Church: Building the “Church of Mercy”

Come listen as SJEC Director Dr. Matthew Halbach presents, “Understanding and Living Pope Francis’ Vision of Church: Building the Church of Mercy,” on Tuesday, November 18 at St. Boniface Parish, Waukee. Every disciple ought to have an answer to the question: What does it mean to be church in my diocese, in my parish today? How we understand the reality of “church” guides and informs how we envision church to be and, ultimately, how we live as church. Understanding and Living Pope Francis’ Vision of Church: Building... Read More

Events

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Man-Up Des Moines

Men of central Iowa are invited to November’s Man-Up event, Monday, November 10, at St. Pius X Parish. The theme for this month’s Man-Up is “The Two Become One,” a special presentation by the “That Man is You”... Read More

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Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from a Catholic Perspective

Join SJEC Director Matthew Halbach, PhD, as he presents, “Like Father, Like Son: Male Spirituality from a Catholic Perspective,” on Tuesday, December 9, from 6:30-8 pm at St. John the Apostle Parish, Norwalk. The Father/Son relationship... Read More

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Resources

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Advent Resources

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (meaning, “ad-venio in Latin or “to come to”) is the season leading up to the celebration... Read More

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Learning to pray

    Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (I Thess 5:16-18) Where... Read More

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Catholic Literature

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Director’s Choice October

From one of the leading intellects in the Church today, one whom Pope Francis... Read More

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Advent Book Recommendations

During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, take some time... Read More

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Baptism Prep Program

Facilitator Training January 31, 2015

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To register for facilitator training for the Infant & Early Childhood Baptism... Read More

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