• 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.

    "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" (Lk 12:49)

Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference

The Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference is scheduled for September 20-21 at Wells Fargo Arena… [more]

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Called & Gifted Workshop

How is the Holy Spirit calling you to share your gifts in your family, parish, community and our world? Come learn… [more]

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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

How is the Holy Spirit calling you to share your gifts in your family, parish, community and our world? 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... Read More

Events

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Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference

The Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference is scheduled for September 20-21 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Speakers will include Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Fr. Larry Richards, former Miss America Angela Baraquio... Read More

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Retreats & Missions

A number of locations for private or group retreats are available within driving distance. Several parish-based retreat programs are also available in the Des Moines region. Retreat Locations Emmaus House Des Moines, IA You’re invited... Read More

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Resources

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

  For He has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of His will, according to His purpose which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness... Read More

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Introduction to the Theory, Spirituality and Best Practices of Adult Faith Formation

The following slides are part of a presentation SJEC Director Matthew Halbach gave to AFF ministers from Sacred Heart, St. Luke the Evangelist, and St. Mary of Nazareth... Read More

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Catholic Literature

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Director’s Choice September

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

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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

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

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