Mass &

MASS: Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. (with ASL Interpreter) Sunday 2:00 p.m. (in Kiswahili, 3rd Sunday in English)  Sunday 5:00 p.m. (Student Supper after) Sunday 8:00 p.m. (Last Chance!) Monday 5:00 p.m. (Communion Service - No Mass) Tuesday-Thursday 5:15 p.m.  Thursday 9:15 p.m. (Student Candlelight Mass) Friday 12:00 p.m.     RECONCILIATION: Saturday 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Your Spiritual Home Away From Home

Welcome to St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and Student Center at Drake University

We are located in the heart of the Des Moines Metro area one block south of Drake University. We’ve been serving students and faculty since the mid-1940s and have been The Drake Newman Community since 1969.

We are an intimate, vibrant, faith community of servant leaders. We have a healthy parish life with residents and students engaged in many ministries. If you haven’t already, we invite you to register.

And, whether you are a new or longtime member, we encourage you to become involved in some capacity to feel connected and engaged in this dynamic faith community. We hope you’ll consider St. Catherine’s your spiritual home away from home.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Protas Okwalo, SJ

Our Mission

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and Student Center at Drake University is an inclusive and supportive community of resident parishioners and students striving through liturgy, community, service, and faith formation to grow as servant leaders for the Catholic Church and broader community.

Parish Life

Whether you are a new or longtime member, we encourage you to become involved in some capacity to feel connected and engaged. Our ministries include: Servant Leadership (Parish Council); Stewardship (Finance Council and Foundation); Faith Formation (Family & Children’s Ministry, Campus Ministry, Life-Long Learning, and Encounter, our intergenerational program); Liturgy, Music & Prayer; Community Formation; and Service; as well as a Communications team.


Our Vision

St. Catherine’s is an inclusive spiritual "home away from home."

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Student Life

St. Catherine’s is not only a place to worship and grow in faith, but a place for Drake and other Des Moines-area college students to study, attend events, meet new friends, and grow as individuals. We have everything from movie nights and study sessions to service programs and Bible studies.

Our Core Values

We value inclusiveness. All are welcome in our culture of encounter  We welcome with hospitality for a sense of belonging  We emphasize uplifting liturgies with inspiring music and relevant homilies We enable transformative spiritual development  We care for one another  We live service and social justice

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"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  ~St. Catherine of Siena

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