“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” – John 4:15

In ancient Samaritan villages, the well was an important gathering place. Often centrally located, the water well provided basic sustenance for life. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives. The well was also where the Samaritan woman first encountered Jesus and was spiritually healed. She then went and shared the Good News with those she encountered (John 4:4-42).

It is in this spirit that The Well was born.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa, The Well is a vibrant women’s ministry rooted in prayer, evangelization, and charitable action. We exist to gather women together, to foster spiritual friendships, and to build up the local Catholic community. Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at a well, we pray the work of this ministry opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for those who gather with us.

The Well launched its first gathering on July 16, 2016, when 350 women gathered together in Downtown Des Moines to spend quality time with each other, to grow in our understanding as women of the Church, and were treated to great food, music, and conversation. It was an experience of faith, friendship, and sharing the joys (and challenges!) of everyday life. 

Since that inagural gathering, The Well has hosted six gatherings including seasonal events such as Advent at The Well and Lent at The Well. At our core, we are faith, friendship, and fun.

  • Faith: Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well, we pray The Well opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for the women who attend.
  • Friendship: The Well provides women an opportunity to experience a culture of encounter, one that fosters spiritual friendships and builds up the local Christian community.
  • Fun: The Well encourages holy leisure, rest and celebrating femininity and beauty – all in a festive environment.

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