• Welcome!

    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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Having a Contemplative Heart in a Busy World

Join SJEC Director Matthew Halbach, PhD, as he offers the Advent reflection, “Having a Contemplative Heart in a Busy World,” on Wednesday, December 10, from 10 am – 1:30 pm at St. Theresa Parish, Des Moines. The Bible tell us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17), but how do we do that? This topic discusses the importance of being a person who “prays always” by presenting the various forms of prayer found in our Catholic tradition, and by suggesting creative ways to make time for prayer in our busy lives. Participants will... Read More

Events

Faith Healing Speaker Series 2

Faith & Healing Speaker Series

Mercy College of Health Sciences is hosting four national speakers during the 2014-15 academic year as part of a new Faith & Healing Speaker Series. The first session is Thursday, November 20, 6 pm. The Series is free and open to the public... 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 November

Explore Catholic teaching on marriage, family, sexuality, children, human... 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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