The World Food Prize Foundation

2014 Iowa Hunger Summit

Morning Keynote: Bishop Richard E. Pates

Speaker Bishop Richard E. Pates - Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on International Justice
Schedule Morning Presentations (10/14/2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

As Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop Pates' work has recently taken him to Africa, Latin America, and Iran. He will speak about these travels and the importance of feeding the hungry at home and abroad.

About Bishop Richard E. Pates:

Bishop Pates was ordained to the priesthood on December 18, 1968 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.  He was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) in dogmatic theology, Gregorian University, Rome, in the summer of 1969.

After serving as a priest for five years in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he was appointed Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Archbishop Jean Jadot, Apostolic delegate 1975-1981.

Bishop Pates was Rector, St. John Vianney Seminary, affiliated with the University of St. Thomas, 1981-1987 and archdiocesan Vicar for Seminaries 1987-1991.  He was Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Minneapolis (a merged parish) and Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Parish (a new parish) from 1991-2001.

Bishop Pates was named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2000 and became Bishop of Des Moines in 2008.  He is currently Chair of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Chair of the Iowa Catholic Conference.

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