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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)

Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference

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

Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference

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

Called & Gifted Workshop

Come learn about our common mission to the world as Church, your role in that mission, and your spiritual… [more]

Called & Gifted Workshop Called & Gifted Workshop

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



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


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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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


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


Director’s Choice

In Not Less Than Everything, Catherine Wolff gathers the world’s... Read More


Social Teaching

The resources in this section expose Catholics to the essential principles... 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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