The Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC) is a spiritual community that has been gathering to pray together since 2009.  Ours is a community on a faith journey where all are welcome.
Our service is rooted in Catholic tradition, but open to both change and wisdom from other faith traditions.

Two of the most significant features of our weekly services are:

  • A dialogue homily in which participants have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the readings; and
  • The sharing of bread and wine with all who want to participate.



Sunday Mornings
10:00 AM

Mailing Address

DMIEC, P.O. Box 30065
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Upcoming Events

Advent Prayer Service (In Person)

Advent Prayer Service (In Person)

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Weekly Worship Service (In Person)

Weekly Worship Service (In Person)

December 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

DMIEC Community Council Meeting

DMIEC Community Council Meeting

December 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Weekly Worship Service (Zoom)

Weekly Worship Service (Zoom)

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


  • All proceeds of our December 3rd “First Sunday” collection will benefit Friends of San Lucas.   For more info about the organization and how to donate, please click here

  • Every *fourth* Sunday is DMARC Emergency Food Pantries Sunday  

    Food insecurity impacts so many in our community and stymies progress in the economic, educational, and many other contexts.  Please support DMARC’s important efforts to address food insecurity through your generous donations this month.  For more information about the Food Pantries and how to donate, please click hereThank you for the difference you make!

  • CATHOLIC WORKER HOUSE NEEDS  (updated 20 November 2023)

    Please collect and save these items:

    • Travel-size shampoo and toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes 
    • Aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, flu medication
    • Men’s stocking hats, gloves and coats
    • Socks
    • Sweaters
    • Pants
    • Underwear
    • Blankets, handwarmers, anything warm
    • Used, washed plastic containers larger than an individual yogurt container 

    Please place items in the grocery cart in the DMIEC coat room on Sundays when our prayer service is held in-person at DMIEC.
    *** If you want a receipt for non-cash donations, you must deliver donated items directly to the Worker House.

    *NEW* The Catholic Worker House now has a 501(c)(3) fund:  The Des Moines Catholic Worker House Fund. Catholic Worker House notes that donations to that fund will be tax deductible. All money donated will be used for Dingman House needs.  Here are two ways to donate to that fund:

    1) On-line through Catholic Foundation of SW Iowa.

    2) By check sent to The Des Moines Catholic Worker House Fund, PO Box 1386, Ankeny, Iowa 50021.

    Have a blessed month.  Thank you for your support.


    ***DMIEC employs a mix of some services in person at DMIEC (3306 University Ave.) and some via Zoom. ***  The website calendar indicates whether any particular service will be held via Zoom or in person.  The schedule is subject to change should future health concerns arise. For now, in-person gatherings will be prayer services with readings and bread-only communion. Please Note: Masks are optional at our in person worship services. For those planning to attend in-person services, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and fully boosted, if possible, as an act of compassion for others.

    We value all who have become part of our community via Zoom and hope you will continue to join us for our Zoom services even if you are unable to join us in person. (If you are not a registered member/volunteer and would like to participate in one of our Zoom prayer services, please email with your request.)

    In the event of bad weather, a change in local health conditions, or other developments making in person gathering unsafe, a scheduled in person service may be switched to Zoom on short notice, which will be provided via email and/or this website .

  • How Can I Keep Up to Date About the Weekly Sunday Prayer Services?
    Please check this home page and your email inbox regularly for any new DMIEC announcements.
    Registered members and volunteers are encouraged to click on the Prayer Aid tab to see the prayer aid that had been prepared for this Sunday.  To see the readings for any particular Sunday, go to the Calendar and click on that Sunday’s date.

Current Volunteer Opportunities
(Note: Only prayer leaders and readers need sign up for Zoom prayer services.)

“When we gather in our circle, I feel God’s spirit truly comes alive in each person gathered. I get so much strength from it each week.”

“I love the variety and creativity. The various styles, approaches and insights of the different prayer leaders energize me. It is a community alive!”

“Our members have many views, opinions, and beliefs both spiritual and political. They come from many faith backgrounds and experiences. Respect for those differences and for the many sources of truth and wisdom are qualities to which DMIEC aspires.”