Obituary Information for Diocese of Des Moines Priest Monsignor Frank Chiodo

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The passing of Monsignor Frank E. Chiodo, who peacefully departed on Thanksgiving morning after valiantly battling cancer for two and a half years, is mourned by family, friends, and the communities he served. A visitation honoring his memory will take place from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, including a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2023, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, culminating in a Graveside Service and burial at Glendale Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the church post-burial.

Obituary information for Monsignor Frank E. ChiodoObituary information for Monsignor Frank E. Chiodo (Source: fb/dmdiocese)

Monsignor Chiodo, born on July 6, 1949, in Des Moines, IA, was a devoted family man survived by his brother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins. He had a profound Catholic upbringing, attending St. Anthony’s in Des Moines, nurturing his calling to priesthood through guidance from dedicated priests and religious sisters, and attending Dowling Catholic High School, establishing lifelong friendships.

He furthered his educational journey at Immaculate Conception Seminary and St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado, earning a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology. Ordained in 1976 by Bishop Maurice Dingman, Monsignor Chiodo’s life was a testament to his commitment to faith and service.

Throughout his service in various parishes, from Christ the King Catholic Church to the Basilica of St. John, Monsignor Chiodo demonstrated unwavering dedication. His tenure at the Basilica included the initiation of the Brotherhood of St. John and efforts to aid the homeless through collaboration with the United Church of the Inner City.

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His contributions extended beyond local parishes, undertaking theological studies in Rome and being honored with the title of Monsignor by Pope St. John Paul II in 1990. Serving at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha, NE, he later returned to Des Moines, serving at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, before eventually returning to his home parish, St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Monsignor Chiodo cherished the rich history of his faith community, striving to preserve the legacy of St. Anthony Catholic Church. His dedication led to the church’s addition to the National Registry for Historic Sites and the replication of the original Grotto from the 1930s, offering a sacred space for reflection and peace.

He employed contemporary media to spread the message of faith and authored books and CDs reflecting the essence of his beliefs. Additionally, he served as a religious editor for Catholic Leader magazine, authored articles in Catholic Digest, and hosted a radio program called “Hearts Treasure” on Iowa Catholic Radio.

Monsignor Chiodo’s service extended to chaplaincy roles, ministering to various groups, including law enforcement, the Iowa National Guard, and individuals seeking recovery at St. Gregory’s Addiction Recovery Center. He advocated for the right to life and supported charitable causes, such as InnerVisions Health Care and Pulse Life Advocates.

His life journey reflected the scripture he held dear, guiding his pastoral care: “Tend the flock of God which is among you… becoming from the heart a pattern to the flock.”

In memory of Monsignor Chiodo, donations to the Grotto-Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Divine Mercy at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church are welcomed in lieu of flowers. His profound impact on the community and his unwavering dedication to faith will forever resonate with those he touched.

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