• Welcome!

    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)

Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference

The Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference is scheduled for September 20-21 at Wells Fargo Arena… [more]

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Facilitator Training September 13, 2014

To register for facilitator training for the Infant & Early Childhood Baptism Preparation Program,… [more]

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Called & Gifted Workshop

How is the Holy Spirit calling you to share your gifts in your family, parish, community and our world? Come learn… [more]

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Director's Choice July

How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus… [more]

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SJEC Spotlight

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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. Click here for our regional opportunities calendar.     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... Read More

Events

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JustFaith Small Groups

JustFaith is a small group, four-phase program that focuses on engagement in the life of Jesus and the call to be about God’s dream of justice and compassion in a world scarred by the domestic and global crisis called poverty. Structure JustFaith... Read More

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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

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Resources

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Growing in faith

  For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed... Read More

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Worshiping in spirit and truth

  God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth. (John 4:24) At the core of authentic worship is a proper attitude of body, mind... Read More

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Catholic Literature

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Director’s Choice August

The history of the church has shaped what our faith and practice are like... Read More

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Director’s Choice July

How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations?... Read More

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Baptism Prep Program

Baptism Prep: Video Trailer

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

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