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

Fall Cleanup Day

Fall Cleanup Day

October 31 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Weekly Worship Service

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Community Council Retreat (3 sessions)

Community Council Retreat (3 sessions)

November 4 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:15 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020


  • *** IMPORTANT NOTICE (Updated 31 August 2020): 

    In light of current public health challenges, all of our scheduled in-person prayer services are *** cancelled through the end of January 2021. *** In the interim, our weekly prayer services will be conducted via Zoom sessions.  (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.)  When we get closer to February 2021 (or at other times, if circumstances warrant), the DMIEC Council will reassess the situation and determine whether our community can safely resume in-person services and events or whether the period of cancellations will need to be extended further.

    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. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we make difficult, but necessary decisions in this challenging time.  Be healthy and safe!

  • First Sunday Collection – November 1 – NETWORK Advocates for Catholic Social Justice.  For more information, please click here or visit their website.

  • We need your help! DMIEC’s fall cleanup morning is Saturday, October 31.  For more info, please click here.  Thanks to everyone helping to keep the DMIEC grounds looking great, even in our absence!

  • Catholic Worker House Needs (updated October 17, 2020)

    • Volunteers needed Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • For CWH Guests:
      • Underwear for men and women, L and XL
      • Hats/Mittens/Gloves
      • Hand and toe warmers
      • Blankets
      • Scarves
      • Winter coats
      • Toothpaste
      • Shampoo
      • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
      • Cold and flu medicine
    • For the kitchen:
      • Garlic and onion powder/BBQ sauce/Pasta sauce/Butter/Eggs
      • To-go containers with or without compartments (CWH uses 140 to-go containers daily!)
      • Drinking cups with lids
      • Sandwich bags
      • Bulk meat (frozen meats, sandwich meats, precooked meats)
      • Coffee grinder
      • Paring knives

    You have two drop-off options:

    • Gelhaus-Pokorny home (address in member directory): All items EXCEPT MEAT. Martha and Kevin make a weekly Saturday afternoon delivery to CWH.  Drop off items before 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  If they are not home, please leave items on the front steps.
    • Directly to CW House: Go to the back door of the Dingman House, 1310 7th St.  (Use alley off Indiana Ave., one block north of University Ave. behind the house.  Take 9th St. north of University Ave. a half block to Indiana Ave. Go east past 8th St. to alley.  Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 3:00-7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.)

    Monetary contributions can be sent to Des Moines Catholic Worker, P.O. Box 4551, Des Moines, 50305. 

    Thanks to all who can make contributions.

  • Before you ask DMIEC to send an email to the membership, please review the guidelines available under the Quick Info & Links menu. Thank you!

Current Volunteer Opportunities
(Note: Only prayer leaders and readers need sign up for interim 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.”

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