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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)

Program Description & Registration Information

Why do I need to attend Baptism preparation sessions? You are about to undertake the serious obligation… [more]

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Called & Gifted Workshop

Come learn about our common mission to the world as Church, your role in that mission, and your spiritual… [more]

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Annual Life Chain

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

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SJEC Spotlight

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Called & Gifted Workshop

Come learn about our common mission to the world as Church, your role in that mission, and your spiritual gifts, “given for the common good” on Saturday, October 18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at Ss John & Paul Parish, Altoona. Called & Gifted is a one-day, interactive workshop that includes Church teaching on the laity and lay ministry; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment. Who should attend? Parents, young adults, people in transition, new or returning Catholics, parish staff,... Read More



That Man is You!

That Man is You! will meet Fridays beginning September 19 at St. Pius X parish in Urbandale. That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands... Read More


Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide is a regional ministry for individuals who have suffered from a divorce.  Beginning Monday, September 29, at Christ the King Parish, Des Moines, the program is a support group that helps individuals... Read More

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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


Director’s Choice September

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


Digital Discipleship

“Are we still a Church capable of warming hearts? A Church capable... Read More

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Baptism Prep Program

Baptism Prep: Video Trailer


We really like the personal feel of the program…and we have had some great discussions... Read More

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