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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)

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

Respect Life Month

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the… [more]

Respect Life Month Respect Life Month

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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Building ‘The Church of Mercy’

St. Joseph Educational Center Director, Dr. Matthew Halbach, will give the keynote address at the Diocese of Lubbock 2014 Annual Catechetical and Ministries Conference on October 25, 2014. The conference will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lubbock. The title of Dr. Halbach’s talk is “Building ‘The Church of Mercy’: Understanding and Living Pope Francis’ Vision of ‘Church.'” 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... Read More

Events

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Year of Marriage & Family

Our diocese will celebrate a Year of Marriage and Family which will begin October 19, 2014, and conclude with the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015. The goal for this year is to highlight the good work that is being done for our... Read More

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Respect Life Month

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. The Respect Life Program,... Read More

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Resources

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Catholic Saints: General Resources

The Saints of the Church provide us with a kaleidoscope of inspirational thoughts and reflections on God, faith, and what it means to be holy. The wisdom of the... 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

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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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Director’s Choice September

The scandal of Christian faith is that baptized men and women are anointed... 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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