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Our Leadership Team

Clergy

Bishop Joensen
Most Reverend Bishop William M. Joensen, Ph.D.
Pastor of the Cathedral & Bishop, Diocese of Des Moines

515.243.7653

Fr. Nipin Scaria
Rev. Nivin Thakidipurathu Scaria
Rector

515.288.7411, ext 205

Fr. Ambrose Ladu
Rev. Ambrose Ladu Daniel
Associate Pastor; Refugee Ministry Director

515.288.7411, ext 204

Deacon Francis Chan
Dc. Francis Chan
Refugee Ministry Coordinator

515-288-7411 or fchan@saintambrosecathedral.org

Deacon Jim Obradovich
Dc. Jim Obradovich
Deacon

515.288.7411, ext 205

Dc. Ly Pao Yang
Deacon

Staff

Megan Mary Cook | Administrative Assistant | 515.288.7411, ext 201 | email

Nancy McCarthy | Office Manager | 515.288.7411, ext 208 | email

Theresa Lewis | Director of Family Faith Formation | 515.288.7411, ext 206 | email

Ben Hoskins | Music Director/Organist | 515.288.7411, ext 300  | email

Jeffrey Morris | Bookkeeper | 515.288.7411, ext. 200  | email

Gayle Landis | Sacristan | 515.288.7411 | email

Dominic Clausi | Buildings & Grounds | 515.288.7411, ext. 200

Volunteer Leaders

Faith Formation

Catherine Swoboda | Youth Faith Formation Associate | 515.943.9398
Vern Rash | RCIA Director | dsmrash@msn.com

Ministries of Service

Ministry to the Homebound | John Martin | 515.491.7171
Prayer Chain Ministry | John Martin | prayerchainstambrose@gmail.com
Knights of Columbus | Vincent Chukwuemeka, Grand Knight | 319-493-2507
St. Vincent de Paul Society | Anita O’Gara | 515.249.4490 | anitaogara@gmail.com 
Walking with Moms in Need | Marilyn Sharp | sharp.m75@gmail.com

Catholic Education Liaisons

Holy Family School Board of Education | Rob Ferguson, Estefan Paloma
Dowling High School Liaison | Vern Rash | dsmrash@msn.com

Community Leaders

Karenni | Me Reh
Zomi | Martin Nawl and Margaret Mang
Myanmar Catholic Community (MCC) | Michael Lian and Francis Lazum Ladi
Sudanese & South Sudanese | Mary George Onorato and Dc. Francis Chan
Eritrea | Nasir Kemi; Chappo Gurisho; Karkon Ule; Setit Abebe; Tesfalidet Amemuel; Shamba Afaray; Natsinet Tikabo
Faith Formation | Catherine Swoboda

Finance Council

Insight for parish financial decisions

  • Doug Sharp, Chair
  • Dr. Teri Wahlig, Parish Trustee
  • Chris Stern
  • Cory Millmier
  • Ramona Peterson
  • Angela Burke Boston
  • Sol Rosenbaum
Stewardship Committee

Make it easier for people to give time, talent or funds to our parish community and to those in need

  • Anita O’Gara
  • Earl Kelly
  • Angela Burke Boston
  • Theresa Lewis
Safety Council

Caring for the security of our facilities and visitors

Where to find us

St. Ambrose Cathedral

607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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