For Our Searching Souls

The Christ Our Life Conference, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2020 was a beautiful, life affirming event. We heard world-class speakers, celebrated Mass, experienced Reconciliation, visited Jesus in Adoration, and filled our spirits with music, prayer and rejoicing! Stay tuned for information about the 2022 Conference. Due to restrictions put on us by Covid 19, we still have a significant budget shortfall. Will you consider donating?

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“This experience has changed me immensely. I now understand the importance of Christ in my life. The whole experience just makes me want to be a better person and revolve everything around the glory of God.”

“There were children, seniors, religious and felons, all races, converts and cradle Catholics, and maybe even a few non-Catholics, people from every walk of life…all worshipping God together for two days. It doesn’t get any better than that on earth.”

“A gentleman drove his wife to the conference and told her that he would be going back to the hotel to rest and watch sports on TV. A speaker caught his attention; he never left the conference and was back again the next day for the entire event.”


Christ Our Life IowaChrist Our LifeTrust
August 10, 2021

Take care of everything Father.

I trust in You.
August 2, 2021

A Few Of My Life Mantras

You know how every once in awhile you hear something that makes so much sense and seems important for you to remember? Here are a few of the things I have heard over the years that have stopped me in my tracks. These things come back to me frequently, often when I need them. (most of them are paraphrased) "People will not remember what you say, or even what you…
July 3, 2021

Independence Day

By Ann Husted Burleigh In God's plan of history - that mysterious drama that unites God's providential care with our freedom - there are particular moments that reveal with glittering clarity that God is in charge. For Americans, Independence Day marks the anniversary  of such a moment. Nearly two and a half centuries ago, on July 4, 1776, members of the Continental Congress approved Jefferson's magnificent Declaration of Independence, proclaiming;…
June 9, 2021

Why Spend Regular Time In Adoration

In our last blogpost, I was lamenting the fact that people are continuing to stay away from reception of the Holy Eucharist. After all, the Holy Eucharist is: The Bread of Life Food For Our Journey The Source and Summit of our Faith Christ Himself! If you believe that the Eucharist is all of the above, wild horses will not  keep you away forever. The solution? Spend time in adoration…
The True PresenceTrue Presence
June 6, 2021

Viva Cristo Rey!

Mass at Holy Trinity today was a beautiful celebration of Corpus Christi. The music did the feast justice. We had a procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and Fr. Mark gave a wonderful sermon on the power and reality of the true Presence. And best of all, Jesus showed up, and entered my body, like He does at every Mass. It was all exhilerating. After Mass a group of us went…
Christ Our Life IowaChrist Our LifeEvangelization
May 20, 2021

He Leadeth Me

Fr. Walter Ciszek I recently finished the most powerful and impactful book titled He Leadeth Me, by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek S.J.  It is the story of his spiritual journey and the faith which gave him the courage to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Not long after becoming a priest, he volunteered to go to Russia with another young priest to evangelize the…
Mary's MealsMary's Meals
April 11, 2021

Race to Feed Kids

We're so excited our Des Moines Mary's Meals: Race to Feed Kids (5K/10K) is back for 2021!! The Des Moines Mary's Meals: Race to Feed Kids isn't your average run/walk. It's a passion to end hunger for our world's youth - every single race registration will feed 1 child at our school in Malawi, Africa for an ENTIRE school year! For many of our youth, this may be their only…
April 7, 2021

Moses was ahead of his time

I received this meme from Co-founder Marilyn Lane.


Father Donald Calloway, MIC

From affiliation with a foreign mafia to drug use and incarceration,  Fr. Don’s stunning conversion is mesmerizing. Now an international author, leader of devotion to St. Joseph, the Virgin Mary, Divine Mercy, the Holy Rosary (and talented surfer) he motivates countless souls.

Sister Miriam James, SOLT

Sr. Miriam passionately conveys that every person is deeply and unconditionally loved. After facing trauma, addiction and emotional emptiness as a young adult, despite popularity and athletic success, she encountered the authentic love of God that changed the course of her life and still continues to do so to this day.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

This on-fire Catholic deacon enflames hearts for Christ by co- hosting EWTN national radio program Morning Glory, hosting and co-hosting EWTN television programs and preaching throughout the world. His Benedictine spirituality richly enhances his deep faith.

Mirjana Soldo

Author of My Heart Will Triumph, referring to Blessed Mother Mary’s heart, Mirjana has received apparitions from Mary since age 16. This gentle and holy woman encourages the faith of hundreds of thousands in Medjugorje each year.

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

This Scottish founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals returns to share recent experiences and insights from throughout the world. Mary’s Meals now feeds more than 1.6 million impoverished children at their place of education daily.

Jon Leonetti

Radio host, author, presenter and national parish mission leader, Jon has served as Christ Our Life’s emcee since the first conference in 2010. Jon’s devotion to the Sacraments, prayer, the saints and family life inspire all to lead holy lives.

Steve Angrisano

A perennial favorite of Christ Our Life audiences, Steve returns to provide the ideal combination of music and story-weaving in a sensitive and timely manner, enhancing the conference experience for thousands.