Monsignor Frank Chiodo Obituary, Diocese of Des Moines Priest has died

Monsignor Frank Chiodo Obituary

Monsignor Frank Chiodo Obituary: Diocese of Des Moines Priest Frank Chiodo sadly passed away on Thursday 23rd November 2023.

Monsignor Frank Chiodo’s journey began at Dowling High School before moving on to Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri, and St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver.

Msgr. Chiodo was ordained in 1976 by Bishop Dingman and retired in May of 2022 after 46 years of service.

In 1980, Monsignor Chiodo embarked on a five-year mission, serving various parishes to the south while being based out of S. Brendan Parish in Leon and later Sacred Heart Parish in Chariton.

His next chapter began in 1985 when Monsignor Chiodo joined the Basilica of St. John Parish in Des Moines, where he devoted an impressive 16 years of service. The church, distinguished by its Romanesque Revival style, earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and was granted the esteemed status of a Minor Basilica in 1989.

In 2001, Monsignor Chiodo ventured to St. Thomas More Church in Omaha, bringing his compassionate presence to yet another congregation. However, his deep connection with Des Moines called him back in 2005 to serve Holy Trinity Parish. Finally, in 2007, he returned to his beloved St.

Anthony, his home parish, which received a well-deserved spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2021. Driven by a passionate desire to honor the history of both Italian and Hispanic immigrants who played pivotal roles in building and serving St. Anthony Parish, Monsignor Chiodo championed the creation of a history book documenting its rich heritage.

He also authored three books, had a radio program on Iowa Catholic Radio which was telecast weekly on a local cable channel, and produced a series of CDs featuring a variety of homilies and reflections.

We are grateful to the Lord for his time and service on this earth and pray for his heavenly rest in our eternal home.

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