Des Moines Catholic Worker


Veterans for Peace and Des Moines Catholic Worker 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day “Stop the Killing” Rally and Direct Action at Iowa Air National Guard Drone Command Center

On May 19, Armed Forces Day, members of Veterans for Peace, Des Moines Catholic Worker and Iowa’s religious community held a rally and direct action at the Iowa Air National Guard’s Drone Command Center on the south side of Des Moines.

Elliott Adams, former national president of Veterans for Peace, stressed the fundamental importance of diplomacy, rather than violence, in resolving international conflicts. 

Reverend Bob Cook, Presbyterian, Reverend Chet Guinn, Methodist, and Srs. Elaine and Jeannie Hagedorn, Catholic Sisters of Humility, spoke from their religious perspective about the immorality and injustice of the drone warfare conducted at the base, noting that these actions of the U.S. government terrorize families and communities in the Middle East while decreasing the safety of Americans by fanning the flames of terrorism against the United States.

Frank Cordaro, co-founder of the Des Moines Catholic Worker, called on Bishop Pates to follow through on the US Catholic Bishops 2014 statement on US drone warfare, which decried the immorality and injustice of the “War on Terror” and found that US drone warfare fails the criteria of the Catholic teachings on “Just War.” This statement was signed by Bishop Pates as head of the US Catholic Bishops International Justice and Peace Committee in 2014. Today, in 2018, US Drone warfare has grown “exponentially” again. Cordaro not only challenged Bishop Pates to speak out, he also called on all priests, pastors and members of religious orders to speak out too.

At the conclusion of the rally, Frank Cordaro and Elliot Adams peacefully crossed the line onto the base in an act of civil disobedience and were arrested. Both spent the night in jail, plead guilty to trespass at jail court, and were fined and released the following day.

The next action in this campaign will be the second annual August 6-9 vigil at St. Ambrose Cathedral, begging the Bishop to join the effort against the Des Moines Drone Command Center, in accordance with the US Bishops’ 2014 statement finding US drone warfare to be immoral and unjust. August 6-9 commemorates the US nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

Prior to the August vigil, the campaign plans to sustain a continued presence at the Drone Command Center. The campaign is also planning another retreat and action on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents.


Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker / 515.490.2490 

Gilbert Landolt, Veterans for Peace / 515.657.0354


“2 men arrested at rally protesting military drone use” — KCCI Des Moines, May 19, 2018


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Hospitality and Services

We open the Bishop Dingman House - 1310 7th St. - five days a week and welcome others as guests in our home.

Dingman House Schedule:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: snack at 3 p.m. to dinner at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: snack at 3 p.m. to dinner at 6 p.m.
Friday: snack at 3 p.m. to dinner at 6 p.m.
Saturday: snack from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: snack at 3 p.m. to dinner at 6 p.m.

Besides the meals served:

  • Showers are available the first two hours the house is open
  • Free clothing
  • A phone is available for use by guests
  • Guests can receive their mail at our house
  • Canned goods and toiletries are available upon request
  • Free groceries are distributed at Dingman House on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m.

Free Food Store: For more than 20 years the Des Moines Catholic Worker has been doing a produce giveaway. We give away donated produce on Saturday at 10am at Trinity United Methodist church at 8th and College.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday at 4pm at the Phil Berrigan House, located at 713 Indiana.

Contact Info

For more information about the Catholic Worker or to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.

Mailing Address:
Des Moines Catholic Worker
PO Box 4551
Des Moines, IA 50305
Phone: 515 214-1030

The four community houses:

Bishop Dingman house - Drop-in Center
1310 7th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314
515 214-1030

Phil Berrigan House - autonomous sister house with the DMCW. Houses a Peace & Justice Library and meeting place.
713 Indiana Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314
515 282-4781

Rachel Corrie House
1301 8th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314
515 330-2172

Chelsea Manning House
1317 8th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314
515 777-2180


The Des Moines Catholic Worker community, founded in 1976, is a response to the Gospel call to compassionate action as summarized by the Sermon on the Mount. In the spirit of the Catholic Worker tradition, we are committed to a simple, nonviolent lifestyle as we live and work among the poor. We directly serve others by opening our home for those in need of food, clothing, bedding, a shower, or a cup of coffee and conversation. We also engage in activities that foster social justice.

The Catholic Worker movement was founded in 1933 by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day in New York City to implement the teachings of the Gospels and to promote the biblical promise of mercy, compassion, justice and love. Grounded in the firm belief in the God-given dignity of every person, the movement is committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. The movement has spread far and wide; over 150 Catholic Worker communities, from Idaho to Australia, serve those in need in their neighborhoods.