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Priest from Dubuque Archdiocese named Des Moines bishop

July 18, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pope Francis has selected a priest from the Dubuque Archdiocese to become bishop of the Des Moines Diocese.

The selection of the Rev. William Joensen was announced Thursday. His ordination and installation is scheduled for Sept. 27.

Joensen replaces Bishop Richard Pates, who turned 75 last year and, as required by the church, submitted his resignation. He’s held the post since 2008.

Joensen grew up in Ames and attended Iowa State University. He was ordained in 1989 and served in parish ministry for six years before beginning graduate studies in philosophy. He’s been a philosophy professor at Loras College in Dubuque and assisted at parishes in and around Dubuque.

The Diocese of Des Moines includes 80 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

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