• 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.

Called & Gifted Workshop

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

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Together in Christ: Living Catholic Social Teaching in the Family

Come to “Together in Christ: Living Catholic Social Teaching in the Family,” a regional Lenten evening… [more]

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Iowa Catholic Men's Conference

The 3rd annual Iowa Catholic Men's Conference, Faith for the Journey, will be held Saturday, March 7,… [more]

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SJEC Spotlight

Together in Christ

Together in Christ: Living Catholic Social Teaching in the Family

Come to “Together in Christ: Living Catholic Social Teaching in the Family,” a regional Lenten evening of reflection on February 24 at Christ the King Parish or February 26 at Holy Trinity Parish. All are invited! Offering insights from their personal lives and ministry experiences, Msgr. Frank Bognanno will provide the context for the evening, while Fr. Mark Neal and Christy & Tim Sheaff will inspire listeners to consider marriage and family life (no matter the shape or size of your family) as the primary locus for promoting the common... Read More

Events

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Winter Thaw 2015

Winter Thaw 2015 will be held on Tuesday nights February 3, 10 and 17 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. This year Winter Thaw will explore religions, faith traditions and rituals through the lens of the four classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire... Read More

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The Wedding at Cana

“The Wedding at Cana” comes alive as Catholic Dinner Theater February 14 through March 1 in Des Moines region parishes. Help celebrate the Year of Marriage and Family by experiencing sacred scripture through the artistic medium of... Read More

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Resources

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Lenten Resources

Here are some recommended resources to help you prepare for the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, including a Lenten Message from Pope... Read More

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Regional resource exchange

Several Des Moines region parishes have graciously offered to allow other parishes to borrow their adult faith formation (AFF) resources free of charge. Included... Read More

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Catholic Literature

A Guide to Gods Time

Director’s Choice January

While providing an overview of the liturgical year, A Guide to God’s... Read More

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Lenten Book Recommendations

During the season of Lent, take some time to spiritually prepare for the... 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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