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St. Anthony Parish History

Founded in 1906 to serve the ever growing influx of Italian immigrants to the Southside of Des Moines, St. Anthony’s now comprises some seventeen hundred families of a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, while continuing to recognize its historic identity.

A multitude of ministries are offered here as we together attempt to build a vibrant parochial life. Our Catholic School serves as another fundamental building block of our identity. We create within its walls a Catholic culture, providing excellence in academics as well as a spirituality which helps equip our youngsters with the tools to be committed Catholic adults.

St. Anthony Parish, grounded in our Catholic tradition, but ever open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to build for a more glorious future welcomes you.