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March 2015

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F u t u r e Vision 2016 Planning Meeting

Mankato Newman Center Celebrates Dedication

On Friday, February 6, pastors and parish teams from those parishes that will be affected by the change process gathered for the first Pastoral Planning Meeting after the announcement of Vision 2016. The attendees gathered at Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna. The day began with a Holy Hour at 10:30 a.m. This is and will be a vital piece of every planning meeting as Bishop Quinn has urged everyone to center the entire planning

Bishop Quinn celebrated the Dedication Mass for the new Chapel and Student Center. (Credit: Jaylynn Nash)

submitted by: Luke Larson, Minnesota State University Mankato student

It’s been an idea in the making for many years and a construction project since last year. The new home of the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato is up and running at last. The building, located across the street from the MSU belltower, represents a new era for the Catholic Mavs, MSU’s official Catholic student association, who had been situated in a house near campus

since the relocation of the Mankato campus in 1978. On Sunday February 15, the dedication Mass of the new chapel was held before a crowd of students, alumni, and community members that packed the new facilities. Bishop John Quinn, who celebrated the mass along with several other priests, began his homily with the words of a familiar hymn: “This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” He expressed gratitude for the perseverant work of Fr. Tim Biren, chaplain of the Newman Center and

During the meeting, there was a Priest Panel, where priests shared their experiences of merging parishes and offered enriching advice to the 115 attendees.

Newman Center, cont'd on pg. 5

Planning Meeting, cont'd on pg. 7

INSIDE this issue

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week more on pages 10 - 12

What is the Family's Greatest Threat?

learn how to protect your family on page 4

What happens if I live as my brother's keeper? find out on page 13


Pope Francis Watch

The Courier Insider

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Pope Francis calls for 2nd Annual 24 Hours for the Lord: God Rich in Mercy

Articles of Interest

The Family's Greatest Threat: Pornography

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2nd Annual Marriage Retreat: Strengthened in Hope

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Stewardship & Lent: Changing Ourselves

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Vision 2016 Update Letter The Slow Work of God

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Speakers Coming To Diocese

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Combating “A Globalization of Indifference”

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Catholic Schools Week Pope Francis gives his Wednesday general audience inside the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Jan. 28, 2015. (Credit: Bohumil Petrik/ CNA.)

Brother's Keeper

pages 10 - 12

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Falling in Love with God through ENDOW

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"I will lead her into the desert..."

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Annual Financial Report

pages 16 - 17

Rights and Responsibilities Part Two

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Consecrated Life in the DOW

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Officials The Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, announces the following: Appointments: Fr. Greg Parrott, Pastor of Saint John Baptist de la Sale in Dodge Center, Saint Francis de Sales in Claremont, and Saint Vincent de Paul in West Concord; to become pastor of St. Ann in Slayton, St. Columba in Iona, and St. Mary in Lake Wilson, effective February 28, 2015. Mr. Robert Tereba, to a five-year term on the Diocesan Review Board, effective January 1, 2015. Ms. Nelle Moriarty, to a five-year term on the Diocesan Review Board, effective January 1, 2015. Mr. Kenneth (KC) Reed, to a five-year term on the Diocesan Review Board, effective January 1, 2015. Bishop's Calendar March 4, Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. - Minnesota Catholic Conference, Chancery Office, St. Paul March 5, Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Minnesota

Catholic Conference, Office, St. Paul

Chancery

March 6, Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Catholic Leadership Institute, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona

Child Abuse Policy Information

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Diocese of Winona - Child Sexual Abuse Policy Information The Diocese of Winona will provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (employees, volunteers, vendors, religious or clergy). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 507454-2270, Extension 255. A caller will be asked to provide his or her name and telephone number. Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. The Diocese of Winona is committed to protecting children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. The diocesan policy is available on the diocesan web site at www.dow. org under the Safe Environment Program. If you have any questions about the Diocese of Winona’s implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Peter Martin, at 507-858-1264, or pmartin@dow.org.


Journeying through Lent in Hope Dear Friends in Christ,

Rejoice in Hope Bishop John M. Quinn lars to aide us – Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. If you’re like me, it is not always easy to stick to the original plan. On

Every Life is Precious Again this spring, members of the Diocese of Winona are participating in the 40 Days for Life Campaign. It is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s

power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The campaign explains that their mission is “to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.” Please check our events page to find a campaign near you. 24 Hours for the Lord In his Message for Lent 2015, Pope Francis said, “Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on the March 13-14 throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.” The theme that the Holy Father has asked us to take up over the 24 Hours for the Lord is “God rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4). I would urge you to

join with us and the Holy Father in praying during this special initiative. Find out what your parish might have organized and get involved. At the Cathedral of the Sacred

est responses and being willing to work together towards a positive goal of new life for the future of our diocese. Last month I brought attention to God doing something particu-

Let us never underestimate the power of prayer! Heart we will have 8 a.m. Mass on that Saturday, March 14 followed by Adoration and confessions from 9 a.m. until noon. I will be celebrating the 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral that evening. Let us never underestimate the power of prayer! In a culture that continues to dismiss all things religious as foolish and outdated, let us stand for the Truth. Let us join together with dioceses all across the world raising our voices to the Lord, our Savior. Pastoral Planning: Vision 2016 Our Pastoral Planning process continues to move forward. I want to thank you for your hon-

From the Bishop

Lenten Journey How is your Lenten journey going so far? I hope you had a chance to make a plan for your spiritual life this Lent. If not, I encourage you to start today. Remember, the Church offers three important pil-

journeys in our everyday lives, we tend to encounter problems or detours that require us to modify or change the original plan. Sometimes, we just simply get off track and lose sight of what the end goal really is. This is particularly true with our spiritual lives during the season of Lent; things come up or something goes wrong, and we tend to want to simply give up. But don’t lose hope! Although your journey may not be perfect, continue to strive on the path to holiness. If you stumble upon challenges, offer them to Christ, have faith and keep moving forward. After all, our ultimate destination on this Lenten journey is the joy of Easter! Know of my prayers for you as I make my own Lenten journey, and I ask you to keep me in yours as well.

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larly new in the Diocese of Winona this Lent. We are readying ourselves, so to speak, for this upcoming “springtime” of growth in which Vision 2016 calls all the faithful of the diocese to renewal, to see ourselves as evangelizers, bringing the Good News to others. Let us continue to pray together as we walk down this path and always place the Eucharist at the center of our discussions, planning and our lives. God bless you. Sincerely in Christ,

Most Rev. John M. Quinn Bishop of Winona

Bishop's Calendar cont'd March 8, Sunday 8:30 a.m. – Mass at Christ the King Church, Byron 10:30 a.m. – Mass at Holy Family Church, Kasson March 9, Monday – March 12, Thursday Washington, D.C. for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Meetings March 13, Friday 9 a.m. – Teach at St. Mary University, Winona 7 p.m. – Diocese of Winona Review Board Meeting, Rochester March 14, Saturday 5:15 p.m. – Mass at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona March 15, Sunday 9:30 a.m. – Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester 11:15 a.m. – Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester

March 15, Sunday – March 18, Wednesday Triduum Retreat for Priests March 19, Thursday 11 a.m. – Anointing Mass, St. Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona 1 p.m. – Holy Hour (Bishop’s Cabinet) 2 p.m. – Bishop’s Cabinet Meeting 7 p.m. – Dinner and Q & A, St. Thomas More Newman Center, Winona March 20, Friday 6:30 a.m. – Lauds and Mass, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona 9 a.m. – Teach at St. Mary University, Winona 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Seminarian Evaluations, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona March 21, Saturday 12:15 p.m. – Mass at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for DOW Women’s Lenten Retreat and “Hope for

Life” pilgrimage, La Crosse, WI March 22, Sunday 9 a.m. – Mass at Pax Christi Church, Rochester 10:45 a.m. – Mass at Pax Christi Church with presentation of Pillars of Faith Award, Rochester

March 28, Saturday 4:30 p.m. – Mass and Shroud of Turin Presentation, Saint John the Evangelist Church, Rochester March 30, Monday 7 p.m. – Chrism Mass, Queen of Angels Church, Austin

March 24, Tuesday 10:45 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Mass and Founders Day celebration, Saint Mary University, Winona

April 2, Holy Thursday 7 p.m. – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona

March 26, Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Visits with seminarians, Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona

April 3, Good Friday 12 a.m. – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona

March 27, Friday 9 a.m. – Teach at St. Mary University, Winona 2 p.m. – Clergy Personnel Committee Meeting, Winona 5:30 p.m. – Mass, Confirmation and Dinner, Federal Medical Center, Rochester

April 4, Holy Saturday 8 p.m. – Easter Vigil, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona April 5, Easter Sunday 10:30 a.m. – Solemn Easter Mass of the Resurrection, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona March, 2015 w The Courier


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The Family's Greatest Threat: Pornography In the past several months we have been talking about the family because of three events: the 2014 Synod of the Family, the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (join us! Look for the ad on the opposite page for details), and the upcoming 2015 Synod of the Family. In the past articles I wrote about the beauty of the family and its mission of love (and to educate in how to love). If we truly want to allow families to flourish, however, we have to also look at the threats that exist which destroy families (and unfortunately, there are many). By far the largest threat to the family today is internet pornography. The number of people who are viewing internet pornography steadily rises as the accessibility of the internet increases. It is easy to see how this can threaten the family when we note that over one-half (55%) of married men view pornog-

Peter Martin, STL Director pmartin@dow.org

raphy monthly. Sadly, women also are becoming trapped in the addictive nature of internet pornography at an alarming rate. Most regrettably, the innocence of children is being robbed; the average age that children are first exposed to pornography is 11. The Catholic Church teaches that the use

who struggle with an addiction to pornography. From blocking software to advice from therapists; from accountability programs to anonymous online programs to help you reclaim your sexual integrity, there is hope. If you suffer with an internet pornography addiction, please get help! After having gone to confession, seek out someone who can help you stay away from the temptations to sin. Here is just a short list of internet sites available to help:

Recent statistics show that 55% of married men view pornography monthly.

of pornography is a grave offense because it violates the dignity of its participants. A human person is no longer recognized as someone worthy of love, but instead is used as an object of base pleasure. Pornography reduces people to mere commodities and sex to self-centered, recreational activity. St. John Paul II defined real love as a total gift of self – holding nothing back. The opposite of love, he would say, is not hate, but instead, “use”. Pornography trains a person to use others for their own sexual gratification. As one can imagine, this causes great stress to a marriage. Yet, do not lose hope! Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20)! There has never been more help available for those

covenanteyes.com – offers Internet accountability software. chastityproject.com – a website run by Jason and Crystalina Evert focused on purity. theporneffect.com – Matt Fradd exposes the reality behind pornography to equip individuals to find freedom from it. reclaimsexualhealth.com – an anonymous online recovery program to help people reclaim God's plan for their lives and the lives of loved ones impacted by pornography. Let us continue to speak about the truth of the beauty and dignity of human sexuality! The world needs the witness of strong families like yours. The world needs to see our example of true love.

The 2015 Synod of the Family Questionnaire is now available on the Office of Life, Marriage & Family’s website.

Are you or a loved one experiencing same sex attraction and looking for answers? Diocese of Winona Office of Life, Marriage & Family 55 West Sanborn Street Winona, Minnesota 55987 (507) 858- 1264 E-mail: courage@dow.org

EnCourage -- a ministry dedicated

to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, & other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions -- is also available. Chapters are active and meeting monthly. Contact us for information! March, 2015 w The Courier


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big factor in making the new buildpastor of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church ing as exciting as it is. He considers in Mankato and Holy Family Catholic Church the Newman Center a home away in Lake Crystal, the generous donations of the from home as he navigates the benefactors, and, above all, the grace of God for new experience of life in a foreign making this long-awaited day possible. country. A familiar face around the “This is really about the students,” Bishop Newman Center, Bothello describes Quinn said. “This building isn’t just about the it as a retreat from everyday life now. It’s about the future generations. With that offers him the opportunity to these young people, the Church is in good deepen his spiritual life and meet hands.” new friends that share his Catholic The new building has been open to students faith. since the beginning of the spring semester in “For me as an international stumid-January and has thus far been a great success. Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and events Fr. Sauer assists Bishop Quinn in anointing the altar, the location dent, I would tend to feel lost if it including Theology on Tap, game night, and a on which the miracle of the most Holy Eucharist will take place. weren’t for the Newman Center,” (Credit: Jaylynn Nash) Bothello says. “All those fears have Mardi Gras party have already been held in the subsided over the past few months. expanded new facilities. The Newman Center at MSU, founded in 1921 as students the opportunity to socialize and meet new It has helped me become less shy and the “Mankato Newman Club” by Mankato Teacher’s people while still offering the choice to quietly study timid to meet new faces.” The old Newman Center buiding, College instructor Margaret Biewett, is one of the free of distraction. Lance Bressler, a junior who serves nation’s oldest Catholic student organizations. Before as a student missionary for the Newman Center, as reported by the Mankato Free Press moving into its first official building in 1961 (now the also sees the more spacious environment as a major in its December 19 issue, is currenthome of the Blue Earth County Historical Society), the improvement, allowing for larger events and more ly being transformed into a pregnancy resource center run by Mankato organization began as a group of Catholic students room for fellowship. “Once you got involved at the old building it Options for Women, a pro-life organimeeting in homes for spiritual and academic growth. Response to the new building has been over- definitely felt like a close community,” Bressler says, zation, that will “refer out for adoption, whelmingly enthusiastic. The Catholic Mav students but adds that “because it was basically a house, it professional counseling, and medical might not have been as welcoming, so I’d say it’s services.” themselves have strongly expressed this sentiment. Luke Larson is a freshman at MSU Mankato majoring Clara Lucca, a second-year communications disor- definitely an improvement having more of a student ders major who leads Bible studies at the Newman center atmosphere. I don’t think most people even in geography. He is an active member of the St. Thomas Center, doesn’t miss the old building. “I thought I recognized the old building as a student center. It just More Catholic Newman Center and is a staff writer for the Reporter, the official university newspaper. Part of this would, but I don’t,” Lucca says. “My favorite thing looked like a little yellow house on the corner.” For Sherwin Bothello, an electrical engineering article originally appeared in the Reporter. is that there’s so much space so that now when we come for events, we don’t feel like we’re all crammed major from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in his second semester at side by side.” She cites the private study rooms and game MSU, the new technolroom as key advantages of the new building, giving ogy and facilities are a

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Stewardship & the Season of Lent: Changing Ourselves Saint Ignatius of Loyola offered us these words of wisdom, which seem particularly relevant as we continue on our Lenten journey: “He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor. A Christian steward is by nature a reformer. We attempt to live our lives in a way that makes the world a better place. We vote. We contribute to charities that we believe in. We build up our Catholic parishes so that they might shine the light of truth into our weary world. We work to alleviate poverty and injustice. We await the New Jerusalem. Many of us work in schools, parishes, and diocesan offices where we bring a passion for reforming our world.

Joel Hennessy Director jhennessy@dow.org

The Preaching of John the Baptist in oil circa 1690 by Giovanni Battista Gaulli.

Christian stewards who work in other environments endeavor to bring Christian values into the marketplace. Lent doesn’t ask us to stop any of these efforts. But, as we hear “the voice of one who cries in the desert” proclaiming the beginning of Lent, we know that the Church in her wisdom

has given us a beautiful season to look inward, to seek quiet time in our own desert. Saint Ignatius, Saint John the Baptist, and the season of Lent remind us that trying to change the world will not work if we don’t first of all change ourselves. Lent points the way to what really matters: Christ. We are asked to experience Him who is the reason for our endeavors, our passion, our work in this world. Saint John the Baptist provides a challenge: “Anyone who has two tunics must share with the one who has none, and anyone with something to eat must do the same” (Luke 3:11). The Church provides some traditional guidelines: prayer, fasting, almsgiving. How we integrate these three guidelines into Lent’s forty days is a personal decision, but one which should take us on a journey into our own hearts, where we ask ourselves why we labor, what our work and our life really mean, to Whom we and our life’s work really belong.

Vocations Discernment

Mini Story Beverly Miller

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SS. Peter & Paul

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Fr. Thompson helps youth and young adults to grow in their faith and loving

service to God and their Church by showing them real and practical ways of how to live out the faith in everyday life! He incarnates the Good Shepherd to these young people as he personally witnesses the unity, joy, and love he has with Christ to those who are both in the ‘fold’ of the Catholic Church- at various Diocesan-coordinated youth events, as well as those who may be outside the ‘fold’- by sharing his “Living the 4th” video series via Social Media. I have learned a great deal about the gifts God sends through self-giving love by witnessing Fr. Thompson this past year living the 4th in his life. He has led me and many others Closer to Christ on our journey of faith!

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from the Vicar General We've had a month now to review and begin to process the announcement of the proposed changes for our diocese. The first workshop for the 21 parishes that are recommended to merge with another parish cluster for the Diocesan Pastoral VISION 2016 met in Owatonna on Friday, February 6, at Sacred Heart Parish. I want to personally thank the 115 parishioners and priests of the clusters who gathered for this phase of the planning process. The day included Holy Hour, lunch, and the planning workshop conducted by TeamWorks concerning the work of the next 12 months of determining the final Diocesan Plan that will be presented to Bishop Quinn in early 2016. We will now have deanery level meetings through the month of March. Then each parish and parish cluster will come together to engage in a process of planning, and study the recommended plan of VISION 2016. This draft plan is the fruit of much conversation, consultation and just plain work. The challenge now comes in sharing the ownership of VISION 2016 within the entire parish and, most importantly, calling individuals into active discipleship, participants in the life of the parish. This draft plan is recommended but not yet final. While it offers major guidance to the Bishop, refinements are possible if they do not conflict with church law or diocesan policy. Suggestions must also improve the plan for both the parish and the entire diocese, with a clear eye toward trends in demographics, sacramental activity, available clergy and so forth. I have already received many good questions and reflections on VISION 2016 since it was published in The Courier last month. Many of the comments from parishioners are very thoughtful and respectful. We are about God’s work through VISION 2016, which can only be accomplished by the collaboration of God’s people. Let us continue to pray for one another as we walk through this journey together. In Christ, Msgr. Rick Colletti Vicar General/ Chancellor

Vision 2016

Dear sisters and brothers in our Lord,

process around the Eucharist, placing it all in God's hands. The Holy Hour was followed by lunch and then the workshop from 12:15 - 3:15 p.m. in the parish hall. The workshop began with prayer by Msgr. Colletti, Chancellor/ Vicar General and Director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Winona. He introduced the rest of the DOW Pastoral Team: Joel Hennessy, Director of Communication & Mission Advancement, Theresa Martin, Communication Specialist and Associate Editor of The Courier, Dave Fricke, Director of Human Resources, and Leandra Hubka; as well as introducing Dennis Cheesebrow and Christine Wroblewski from Teamworks who will also be assisting the diocese through this process. Dennis gave an

The Slow Work of God by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. Yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow. Let them shape themselves without undue haste. Do not try to force them on as though you could be today what time-- that is to say, grace --and circumstances acting on your own good will, will make you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new Spirit gradually forming in you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser. Amen.

explanatory and easy to understand presentation on the process of arriving at Vision 2016 and the role of parish leaders. Using power points and humor he engaged the group in a positive way. At one point the parishioners themselves who had been seated according to their current clusters, requested to re-organize the room according to the Vision 2016 recommendations for new clusters. This was a commendable and remarkable step of these parish leaders of embracing the new vision and seeking to work together towards a new future. After the workshop, there was a Priest Panel, where a few priests shared their experiences with merging parishes and answered any questions the group had. The priests who participated in the panel were Msgr. Richard Colletti, Fr. Timothy Hall, Fr. Dale Tupper, Fr. Edward McGrath, and Fr. Joseph Pete. Each priest had a unique story and particular advice to share with the group that enriched the discussion to follow. w

Prayer for Pastoral Planning in the Diocese of Winona

Almighty God, we the people of the Diocese of Winona prayerfully look to the future. During this time of pastoral planning, we implore the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us the gifts of wisdom, courage and hope. May we exercise the virtue of prudence by opening our hearts and minds to be good stewards of the legacy of faith inherited from those who built the Church on the prairie, the hills, and in the valleys. May we exercise the virtue of justice by opening our hearts and minds to assure that the voices of people from all generations, all vocations and all areas of the Diocese are welcomed and respected. May we exercise the virtue of fortitude by opening our hearts and minds to understand and acknowledge the spiritual and practical realities of our day and prepare for the days to come; and May we exercise the virtue of temperance by opening our hearts and minds to accept the changes in diocesan, parish and personal life that the Holy Spirit, through this planning process, is guiding us to make. Under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, may we discern and implement what is best for the diocesan Church and all the faithful of southern Minnesota. We pray this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. March, 2015 w The Courier


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Speakers Coming To Diocese In the coming months the Diocese of Winona will welcome two nationally known speakers to present conferences aimed at renewing and refreshing the faithful. These events are important to us, as so often we are weighed down by busyness, stress and work. We need time to refill our internal tank and rejuvenate our souls. I highly encourage you to consider the following events: Chris Stefanick – On the weekend of March 14th and 15th, Chris Stefanick of Denver Colorado will be p r e s e n tChris Stefanick ing: “The

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Core of the Gospel” (Youth-grades 9-12) and “Raising Holy Kids in the Digital Age”(adults) at Sacred Heart Parish in Owatonna. As one of the premiere youth and young adult presenters in our country, Chris has a lot to offer through his engaging presentations. He is funny, talented with music, and has authored

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one of our Churches most cutting edge confirmation programs called “Chosen.” Chris has a wonderful balance of being sincere and real while also funny and relevant. He is Matthew Kelly a regular presenter at Steubenville youth conferences, SEEK conferences, NCYC and also travels the country encouraging both youth and those who work with teens, as well as parents. If you are a parent, adult or a young person, this is definitely an event that you should consider. For more information please contact Dan Bauer at Sacred Heart parish (507-446-2302) or email him at: dbauer@rep-cyo.org. Matthew Kelly – On Saturday May 16, St. Bernard Church in Stewartville will be hosting an event featuring internationally known presenter Matthew Kelly. Matthew has come to be known as one of the Church’s most inspiring and influential speakers throughout the world. For years he has been challenging Catholics through his books Rhythm of Life, Rediscover Catholicism, and The Dynamic Catholic. Now, we are so blessed to bring Matthew into our Diocese for an evening entitled: “Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose.” Matthew’s engaging stories, funny wit, and heartfelt sincerity will leave everyone in attendance uplifted and renewed. As an added blessing to the event, a national caliber music artist named Eliot Morris will be performing live. Eliot toured with Counting Crows and

John Meyer and is both a talented musician and a powerful presenter. He will inspire us all with his witness. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our diocese and I would encourage everyone to consider attending. For more information or to purchase tickets, please inquire at the Rochester area parishes, or you can order tickets online at: www. dynamiccatholic.com (look for the May 16th Event in Stewartville under the Passion and Purpose Talk) Hope you can join us!


Combating “A Globalization of Indifference” Is this the manner of fasting I would choose, a day to afflict oneself? To bow one’s head like a reed, and lie upon sackcloth and ashes? Is this what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke? Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, And not turning your back on your own flesh?

Touched and formed by this Through prayer divine love of communion, we are and acts of char“united in God” and enabled to ity entered into with an open “share everything with others.” “Where is your brother?” spirit, our hard(Genesis 4:9) – Parishes and ened hearts are touched and transformed by God’s grace Communities Our Holy Father then applies and we experience a call to authentic conthis universal message of the version. This conversion will bear fruit in Church as the Body of Christ in a deeper love of God and of neighbor. Our Holy Father tells us, “Anyone the world to the particular realities of parish and community life. who wishes to be merciful must have a In this context, he asks a pen- strong and steadfast heart … a heart etrating question: “[D]o we take - Isaiah 58:5-7 refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, Todd Graff while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our Director closed doors?” (Luke 16:19-31) As he has insisted so often, the Church must be tgraff@dow.org “missionary” – going out into the streets to bring healing and hope to all, but especially to those who are poor and living on the margins of life. Writing clearly from the heart, Pope Francis then shares his which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to great desire that “all those places where the Church bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers is present, especially our parishes and our faith and sisters.” Let us walk anew our Lenten path by embracing communities, may become islands of mercy in the Pope Francis’ invitation to open our hearts to the midst of the sea of indifference!” “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) – broken places and people of our communities, and of our world. Deo Gratias! Individual Christians ________________________________________ In speaking to us as individual believers, the Pope acknowledges first that the flood of images “During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask and stories of human suffering we encounter can the Lord: ‘Make our hearts like yours’ (Litany of the Sacred serve to overwhelm us, allowing us to be “caught Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is up in [a] spiral of distress and powerlessness.” Our firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is spirits paralyzed, the great evils of despair, indifference, selfishness, and withdrawal are then free not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.” - Pope Francis to poison and harden our hearts. This is where the disciplines of Lent – “prayer, fasting, and almsgiving” – can work to counteract these evils and re-form our Reflections in Music: A Lenten Experience hearts. Our Holy Father invites us to An Evening concert and morning workshop with Dan Schutte embrace three concrete practices during SPONSORED BY: this Lenten season to resist the forces of St. Joseph Parish selfishness and indifference. First, we can pray. And, we do not event details: pray alone, but “in communion with the Friday, March 20, 2015 Concert Church on earth and in heaven.” We 7:00 pm cannot be indifferent to the suffering of Free will offering the world if our heart is lifted to the God Saturday, March 21, 2015 who loves each of us so personally and so Workshop passionately. Prayer will help form our 8:30 am Registration hearts to be like the “heart” of our God 9:00 am – 1:00 pm $10.00 who is Love (“Deus caritas est.”). Second, we can engage in acts of St. Joseph Parish charity. We can join with and support the 512 S. Elm Ave Owatonna, MN 56060 Church’s many organizations of service and charity to reach out “to both those near and far.” Through Catholic Relief Services’ “Rice Bowl” program (www. Dan has been composing music for worship for more than 30 years, crsricebowl.org), “we hear stories from including extensive collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits. His our brothers and sisters in need worldmore recent pieces exhibit an enduring ability to reach into people’s hearts and draw them into prayer. He is one of the best-known, most wide, and devote our Lenten prayers, prolific and influential composers of music for the liturgy today. fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.” Participating in such efforts with sincerity and commitment will open our hearts and help us to experience being truly members of one human family. Third, to allow our hearts to be for more information contact Carol Hodapp touched by the struggles and suffering of 507-451-4845 others can lead to personal conversion. carolhodapp@gmail.com

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As is done each year, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, provided the Church with a message for this Lenten season. This message takes the form of a personal letter, and begins with the address, “Dear Brothers and Sisters.” I want to spend some time reflecting on the Pope’s letter to us this Lent – what he is asking of us, his “brothers and sisters” in the Lord – and how he is calling us to allow the practices and disciplines of this season to re-shape and re-form our hearts. Entitled, “Make Your Hearts Firm” (James 5:8), Pope Francis begins his message by reminding us that Lent is “a time of renewal” and a “time of grace” – “for the whole Church, for each community, and every believer.” He then assures us of God’s love for each of us individually: “Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him…. [H]is love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us.” But, sadly, the Pope notes that we too often do not mirror this great love of God the Father in our own daily lives. “Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others: we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold.” And, in our own day this “selfish attitude of indifference” towards God and our neighbor has become so widespread that we can even speak of a “globalization of indifference.” This sin of indifference which afflicts us is exactly why we need the “interior renewal” that Lent offers to us. We must open our hearts to conversion and transformation, and heed again the voice of the prophets “who cry out and trouble our conscience.” To assist us in this, Pope Francis offers three scriptural texts for our Lenten reflection, applying them in order to “the Church,” to “Parishes and Communities,” and to “Individual Christians.” “If one member suffers, all suffer together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26) – The Church It is the love of God which ultimately allows us to break out of the temptation to withdrawal and indifference in the face of the suffering of our sisters and brothers. And, it is the Church which offers us this divine love by her teaching and her witness, and through the grace of her sacramental life. In hearing the word of God and receiving the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we receive Christ and his love, and we are transformed into what we receive – the Body of Christ. Within the Body of Christ, there is no room for indifference as we bear one another’s burdens and share in one another’s joy.

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Loyola Catholic School

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the Loyola community celebrated with an All School Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Mankato. Over the past few weeks, Loyola students recorded their acts of kindness on paper chains that were presented and displayed at Mass. At the end of Mass, we honored our longest standing Loyola employees: Chris Biehn, Tom Jensen, Pat Marzinske, Linda Ruehle and Patti Stierlen. Their combined commitment to Loyola Catholic School totals 178 years!

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The Pacelli Singers perform at the Winter Gala at the end of Catholic Schools Week (below left). Reading Across the Street, where our MS/HS students go to the Elementary school and read to another grade. This is the 12th grade reading to the Kindergarten History Day: We had students find five class (below right). in history. We had them find inform people besides George Washington the students dressed as this famous p

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St. John Vianney St. John Vianney's all school photo (right) was put in their local paper to help promote their school in preparation for Catholic Schools Week, which was full of activities like a movie theatre field trip, a performance by MSU theatre group and a beach party. March, 2015 w The Courier


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e facts about a famous person mation about other famous and Abraham Lincoln. Then person. We then had a “live” museum (Seen below). Students in grades 4-6 became their famous person and told visitors about themselves. The younger grades made posters or dioramas about their famous person. Right: Alex Danielson portrayed Henry Ford.

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Left: For a CSW service project, students made 28 fleece tie-blankets to give to homeless veterans in the Twin Cities area. Isaac Halverson, Brandon Thome and John Hegge worked together to complete their blanket. Below: Eight teams of 1-8th graders competed in Tuesday's Religion Bee. Pictured are Lexy Foster, Lydia Reinartz, Theo Smith and Lawson Jax.

St. Theodore Catholic School

St. Theodore students enjoyed a fun and faith filled week for Catholic School's Week 2015. The week began by having our student's participate in the weekend Masses at St. Theodore. After the Masses, there was an "Open House". On Monday, the students began their week decorating white t-shirts with faith symbols, sayings, and verses that held meanings for them. On Tuesday, we share in a movie called “Joseph, The King of Dreams”. On Wednesday, the students dressed in their best clothes and enjoyed going to our weekly Mass. Thursday they wore camouflage because we hunted for Christ. The week concluded with the students wearing the t-shirts they designed and decorated on Monday. Even though Catholic School’s Week 2015 has come to an end. The students have shared many great times and created new memories that will live on as we continue on our faith journey at St. Theodore Catholic School. March, 2015 w The Courier


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St. Mary's, Worthington

Right: Sixth Grade Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Worthington: from left to right Beatriz Gabriel, Jack Black, Jena Joens, Daniel Pavelko, Austin Gundermann and Jeffrey Ludes. Below: Finger painting fun with (clockwise) Valery Agustin, Alexandra Fellows, Addison Joens and Jayden Spartz.

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Campus Ministry students from Cotter High School engage with WACS second graders for an afternoon of fun! The Cotter Schools Board of Directors held its first annual Stakeholders' Meeting on Monday evening, January 26th. Pictured here are Sr. Judy Schaefer, O.P., President of Cotter Schools, and the members of the Cotter Schools Board of Directors. March, 2015 w The Courier

Left: Father Fasnacht and our 2nd Graders on class color day. Below: The students brought in 435 pounds of food to donate during the week. (top photo). On school spirit day all the students made a "Minion" and wrote on them why they thought "St. Mary's School is one in a Minion."

Winona Area Catholic Schools WACS students celebrating Catholic Schools Week Mass on Thursday January 29.


Brother's Keeper faith as well as I could, I will probably ignore you at best or have a rather negative comeback at worst. We don't like to be told that we can improve. I think many of us like to think that we're excelling. But we're not. We're not excelling because we're not yet saints, not yet lighting up the world, not yet looking for fulfillment in God alone. We still settle. But we want to feel good about it, don't we? As we grow in humility, we look forward to finding better, fuller ways to live our faith. In humility, I can receive advice not as a critique of previous work, but as hope for the future. When we settle, we tell God that my life is good enough and I'm doing just fine. We only think that, however, because we don't know how good life can be when we live in the light of Christ! When we live in darkness, we seek out popularity, normalcy and fun because it sets us at ease. For now. When we live in the light, we seek out life, love and truth. When we find it, we realize there is still so much more! The darkness is boring, the light always unfolds more goodness. It is life in the light that leads us to our vocation. When we're in the darkness, it is scary to think that

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The Church is big. It is amazing and telling, that after 2,000 years, it is still in existence. Of course, this has everything to do with the continuous work of the Holy Spirit. As members of the Church, we have each been initiated into the Body of Christ and share in the grace of God. When was the last time you had a conversation with someone close to you about how God is working in their life? The Church is more than a social gathering; it is life! And Jesus came that we can have lfe in its fullness. What happens when we see someone not living up to their full potential as a child of God? As much as we depend on one another, it is all too common to react to those near us with Cain's response: "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9). In an attempt to remain free from offending someone, we hold back. What would happen if the Church became a place on encouragement in the life of faith? The band Passenger came out with a song recently that has the lyrics: "If we all light up, we can scare away the dark." While we will never scare away the darkness of evil, there is something to those lyrics. What happens when we all light up, we all support one another in a life in the light? What happens when we stop settling and strive for awesomeness? Jesus becomes our light. Sometimes we need a little help from others in knowing how darkness has crept into our lives, making it so that we cannot see the path God has laid out for us. Sin and ignorance never lead to fulfillment. Humility and perseverance do. So what happens if I live as my brother's keeper? What happens if you become my keeper, one who looks out for my well-being and growth in holiness? Let's put it this way, if you tell me I'm not living my

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God has a plan specifically for me. That God loves and cares for me. But in the light, we are able to set the world on fire because we first receive God's unending love. Don't be afraid to be your brother's keeper, and don't be afraid when someone else becomes you're keeper!

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Falling in Love with God through Endow experience for me to read the thoughts of Saint Pope John Paul II as he reflected on the nature and dignity of women. The late Holy Father's love of woman and her dignity helped me to begin to treasure my own femininity. I would absolutely recommend other women to participate in an Endow study group.” Endow is currently in more than 90 dioceses across the United States, and attracts women from all walks of life who are at various places on their faith journey, as well as pre-teen and teenage girls who are discovering their individual and spiritual identity. One of the best parts is that all reading is done within Endow groups; no homework is required. I strongly encourage you to consider starting an Endow group at your parish. For more information, contact me at faithformation@dow.org or at 507-858-1273.

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As St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, we must come to know the Lord more in order to love Him more. Let Endow help you learn more about the Lord and His Church, so that you, too, can fall madly in love with Him. Do you know about the core component of Endow? Endow centers around women’s small study groups as a primary means of connecting women in faith and friendship while exploring Catholic teachings. These small groups, which usually meet within local parishes, cover topics about many documents of the Church, including Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Women, Of Human Life (Humane Vitae), On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering (Salvifici Doloris), studies on different saints, and studies for both middle school and high school girls. I was first introduced to Endow several years ago while teaching at a Catholic high school in Tennessee. There was a group of faithful, devoted moms who had heard about Endow and wanted to offer it to our students. I soon became one of the faculty sponsors for the Endow group, which started with about 12 girls and their study of True Beauty Revealed. I was blown away by the depth of what the girls were learning, and shocked by how they were soaking in the information. Why should I have been surprised? They were being taught the truth, when they were surrounded by a

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In the words of St. Augustine, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” This is my prayer for you. Let Endow help you get there.

world that wants to tell them anything but the truth. They were now learning just how valuable they are as young women – and they loved it! As Beth Shank from Sts. Peter & Paul in Mankato mentioned about her Endow group, “It is validating to us as women, as who we are as mothers, who we are as wives, as women of God and who He created us to be, with all of the gifts that we bring to the world. Our group is currently studying Thomas Aquinas for Beginners. The Endow women’s studies bring it totally down to earth, to where those of us who are not theologians can totally understand and have these discussions together. Endow gets two thumbs up!” Sister Mary Hanah, who was a part of an Endow group while in college before she entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy notes, “The women in the study became my best friends and were a substantial support to me in responding to my vocation to religious life. Additionally, it was a powerful


“I will lead her into the desert, and speak tenderly to her there.” Hosea 2:14 We never consider the many times of retreat, refreshment, and communion with God that Jesus also found from His times there. In reflecting more on the other desert and wilderness passages in the Gospels, we can see that these are places of prayer where Jesus would withdraw to speak with His Father. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed (1:35). Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while (6:31). Very similar is the message found in Luke 5:16 and 4:42. Father Augustine Stock comments on this concept in his book. He says that, “Such passages are (a) always preceded by an account of preaching and a performance of a mighty deed, (b) represent a retreat from the crowds, and (c) are followed by an account of strong attraction to Jesus on the part of the people.” He says elsewhere, “The disciples and the crowds are attracted to Jesus in the wilderness, and there they are shown glimpses of His glory.” So often, we see the desert in our lives as a source of separation from God or trial of, when in actuality, they can be opportunities for growth and union with our Lord.

I encourage you this Lent, to not merely give up chocolate or soda for the sake of fulfilling an obligation, but to do something that will draw you closer to the Lord and help you to grow in the virtue of charity. Let us see this season of Lent as an invitation to follow Jesus into the desert as He goes to speak with the Father. May we realize that in this desert, there is barrenness and hunger, and yet there is also tremendous nourishment from the Lord.

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This Lenten season, journey with Christ into the desert. On the first Sunday of Lent, we heard of Jesus being driven into the desert where he was tempted by Satan. We must also recall, however, the second part of that passage where we learn that it is there that he was also ministered to by the angels (Mark 1:12-15). So often, when thinking of the desert (also referred to as the wilderness), we think only of temptation, trial, suffering, and dryness.

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As St. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4: 15-16, every ligament must be supported for the proper functioning but solely to fund the ministries detailed in the appeal. of thetobody to grow build itselfCloser up in love. I $ask each of you to prayerfully a financial contribution to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal, which is an Him go forth andand lead others toVision Christ as we together asconsider one Church needs each and every you, ever more closely Totalafter assets 29,109,220 $plan 25,569,296 Total IRevenue & Other Support $ 9,699,190 $ tohardship 8,408,295 We also, a three-year process, have announced 2016, acome pastoral for the Church. Diocese Our of Winona. wouldyou, like to reiterate thatone thisof plan is to notgrow a reflection of financial activityand of the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota. I further encourage you to get involved inyou thesehave ministries if you haveproduced not already done so to experience Christ become who you are destined to be – witnesses to the truth in love. So many of seen the fruits by our Diocese of Winona and support these nor benefit, but has prayerfully been arrived at by two main, non-financial factors: having fewer priests and the demographic shifts of both growth and decline in areas of our diocese which firsthand how yourChurch financialthrough contributions are creating for the Spirittells to draw each of us Closer to Christ. Also, please know that fundsfor are the never ministries of our your time, talentsopportunities and treasures. AsHoly St. Paul us in Ephesians 4: 15-16, every ligament must be CMA supported proper functioning require us to re-examine and adapt how we serve specific communities and the diocese. We keep the Eucharist at the center of the planning process and let us continue to pray for guidance LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS EXPENSE used pay legal fees and or settlements, butup solely to fund theeach ministries detailed in the appeal. thetobody to grow itself in Vision love. I ask of you toour prayerfully consider a financial contribution to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal, which is an throughout thisof planning year. morebuild information on 2016, please website. Accounts Payable: We also, afterFor a three-year process, have announced Vision 2016,visit a pastoral plan for the Diocese of Winona. I would like to reiterate that this plan is not a reflection of activity of the16Catholic Foundation of studying Southern for Minnesota. I further encourage you to getChristian involved in ministries if diocese. you haveThe not already done sototowork experience We are blessed to have seminarians currently the Diocese of Winona. Please to prayfewer forthese vocations calls men in His vineyard Vendors & others 374,033 186,605 Service 1,164,516 899,852 financial hardship nor benefit, but has prayerfully been arrived at by two main, non-financialcontinue factors: having priests and in theour demographic shiftsLord of both growth and how your financial contributions are creating opportunities for the Holy Spirit to draw each of us Closer to Christ. Also, please know that CMA funds are never as priests; prayfirsthand that they hear and respond to His call. In assisting these young men, we rejoice that along with the contributions of other dioceses, the Diocese of Winona was able to make Charitable organizations 151,336 143,148 Vocations/Clergy Education 615,813 618,701 decline in areas of our diocese which require us to re-examine and adapt how we serve specific communities and the diocese. We keep the Eucharist at the center of the used to pay fees but solely to fund detailed inFor themore appeal. a significant contribution tolegal theand Immaculate Heart Mary Seminary tothe beministries used the much-needed renovation of their facility. is a our great gift to have a seminary within our diocese, Funds held for others 112,337 176,459 Faith Education 1,535,556 1,469,057 planning process letor us settlements, continue to of pray for guidance throughout thistowards planning year. information on Vision 2016, pleaseItvisit website. We also, after a at three-year process, have announced Vision 2016, pastoral planoffor the Diocese Winona. I would like reiterateinthat plan is not a reflection of pleaseAccrued pray forexpenses all the seminarians IHM who are God’s will for their lives. On October 18, 2013, I ordained Fr. discerning Adam McMillan into the priesthood ata the Cathedral theChancery Sacred Heart.ofPlease continue to pray fortovocations our this diocese. 1,911,809 1,400,701 1,148,377 1,109,999 The Diocese of Lord Winona blessed tovineyard be able make pray abeen $100,000 to the St. call. Thomas More Catholic Newman inthe Mankato. The fruits ofofthis contribution were financial hardship norwork benefit, has prayerfully arrived at byand two main, factors: having fewer andthat demographic shifts both growth and348,226 The callswas men also to in Hisbut astopriests; that theycontribution hear respond tonon-financial His In assisting these young men, priests weCenter rejoice the Diocese of Winona Self Insurance Program 277,199 was ableinof toareas make a $1 million contribution toIthe Heart ofand Seminary to be used towards much-needed renovation of their Itlast isEucharist a month great gift seen in the completion the center’s building project. was to celebrate the Dedication Mass for thethe newly built and Chapel and Student Center on What an decline of our diocese which require usdelighted to re-examine adapt how we serve specific communities the diocese. Wefacility. keep the attoFebruary the center15. of the Total liabilities $Immaculate 2,549,515 $Mary 1,906,913 Tribunal 270,196 234,306 have a seminary within our diocese, please pray for all the seminarians at IHM who are discerning God’s will for their lives. inspiration to have young people excited about their faith! planning process and let us continue to pray for guidance throughout this planning year. For more information on Vision 2016, please visit our website. Communications 371,575 331,407 The Diocese of also blessed to be togifts, make the a $100,000 contribution towas the St. Parish Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in Mankato. The of this InNet continuing seek the best ways towas good stewards ofable your Diocese of Winona also ableof to facilitate and pay Please for all parishes totobe converted to318,635 newinaccounting software assets toOn Accounting Services 231,662 October 18,Winona 2013, Ibeordained Fr. Adam McMillan into the priesthood at the Cathedral the Sacred Heart. continue pray forfruits vocations our diocese. contribution were seen in the completion of theweb-based center’s building project.platform, I was delighted towill celebrate the Dedication Mass for the newly built Chapel andtoStudent Center effectiveUnrestricted July 1, 2015. parishes now thevineyard same accounting which add ease to our accounting efficiency in the come. 21,917,284 20,104,460 of Mary Seminary Renovation The LordAll calls men toare work inonHis as priests; pray that they hear and respond toImmaculate His call. In Heart assisting these young men, weyears rejoice that the1,000,000 Diocese of Winona last in month on February 15. What anyou inspiration tome have young people excited about their faith! All ofTemporarily you was are my prayers; I humbly ask to keep in your prayers. May we continue moving forward in the hope of Christ and as we draw closer to Christ, may we be a living restricted 1,976,018 More Newman Center Construction 100,000 able to make a $1 million contribution to the2,855,154 Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary toSt. beThomas used towards the much-needed renovation of their facility. It is a great gift to witness of our faith Jesus Christ and our the truth of His teachings. And continue1,581,905 with our diocesan wewill be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit for change in our lives. Permanently 1,787,267 have in a restricted seminary within diocese, please pray for allas theweseminarians at IHM who are initiatives, discerning may God’s for their lives. May God continue to bless you in the coming year! Westa Sanborn Street � PO Box 588 Winona MN 55987 The Diocese of Winona was also blessed to be able to 55 make $100,000 contribution to �the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in Mankato. The fruits of this Sincerely Christ, 507/454-4643 � 23,662,383 Fax: 507/454-8106 � jmquinn@dow.org � www.dow.org Total in net assets were seen in the completion of $the 26,559,705 Expenses 6,801,868 5,243,211 contribution center’s building$ project. I was delighted to Total celebrate the Dedication Mass for the newly built$Chapel and Student$Center last month on February 15. What an inspiration to have young people excited about their faith! Total liabilities & net assets

$

29,109,220

$

25,569,296

Special Collections Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 Special Collections Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013

2,897,322

$

3,165,084

Diocese of Winona Offices Diocese of Winona Offices

2014

Latin America Aid To The Church In Eastern & Central Europe American Bishops' Overseas Appeal (CRS) Catholic Home Missions Catholic Communications Campaign Collection For The Holy Father (Peter's Pence) Campaign For Human Development Retirement Fund For Religious Missionary Cooperative Plan Black & Native Americans Operation Rice Bowl Holy Land Catholic University Of America Mission Sunday (Propagation Of The Faith) Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Archdiocese Military Services *Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Winona Tornado And Disaster Recovery Hurricane Sandy

2013

24,157 43,487 75,651 30,990 18,181 46,071 65,209 56,559 109,847 23,160 68,460 59,288 5,248 63,243 135,074 39,258 49,864 14,616 $

928,362

28,442 55,720 151,534 32,502 10,698 58,048 51,481 73,676 101,997 25,426 75,998 61,934 6,512 61,937 111,068 22,945 348,681 $

1,278,599

*Note: Collections for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona are now sent to Catholic Charities directly March, 2015 w The Courier

$

55 West Sanborn Street � PO Box 588 � Winona MN 55987 507/454-4643 � Fax: 507/454-8106 � jmquinn@dow.org � www.dow.org

Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona

Total Special Collections

Change in Net Assets

Christian Service: Divine Worship, Youth and Young Adults, Life, Hispanic Ministry, Catholic Charities, Cemeteries Vocations/Clergy Education: Vocations, Clergy Education, Theology Students, Care of Priests Faith Education: Catholic Education, Faith Formation, Evangelization, Apologetics, Mission Advancement, Lay Formation, Media Center, Newman Centers. Chancery: Bishop, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar for the Clergy, Chancellor, Human Resources, Finance, Planning, Cemeteries Self Insurance Program: Property, Liability, Automobile, Workers Compensation, Claims/Risk Management Services, Lay Staff & Priest Health Care, Tribunal: Diocese of Winona Tribunal Communications: Communications, Courier, Television Masses Parish Accounting Services: Parish Administrative Financial Services Diocese of Winona Finance Council Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona Rev. Msgr. Richard M. Colletti, Vicar General & Chancellor Mr. James Anderson, DOW Trustee, Austin Ms. Margaret Michaletz, DOW Trustee, Owatonna Mr. Lawrence J. Dose, Chief Finance & Administrative Officer DOW Sr. Jean Keniry, OSF, Rochester Franciscans Mr. Robert Wooden, Wabasha Rev. Thomas Loomis, Pastor Holy Spirit Church, Rochester Rev. Matthew Fasnacht, Pastor St. Mary, Caledonia / St. Patrick, Brownsville Br. William Mann, FSC, President, St. Mary's University, Winona Mr. Michael Brinkman, Jackson


Annual Financial Report 2013 - 2014 17 Statement ofof Activities Statement Activities Years June Ended June30, 30, 2014 and 2013 Years Ended 2014 and 2013

Statement of ofFinancial Statement Financial PositionPosition Years Ended June 30, 2014 2014 and 2013 and 2013 Years Ended June 30, 2014

ASSETS Cash Accounts receivable Prepaid expenses Restricted cash Investments Land, buildings, equipment & other property Total assets

787,136 841,123 27,930 1,707,826 23,465,718 2,279,487 $

LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS Accounts Payable: Vendors & others Charitable organizations Funds held for others Accrued expenses Total liabilities

2013

29,109,220

1,634,283 533,111 71,323 1,273,197 19,911,468 2,145,914 $

25,569,296

REVENUE Parish Assessment Catholic Ministries Appeal Bequests and Gifts Investments Departmental Revenue Total Revenue & Other Support

$

2014

2013

1,605,346 2,000,000 1,933,402 3,049,878 1,110,564

1,615,060 1,949,000 1,990,506 2,029,629 824,100

9,699,190

$

8,408,295

EXPENSE 374,033 151,336 112,337 1,911,809 $

Net assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted

2,549,515

186,605 143,148 176,459 1,400,701 $

21,917,284 2,855,154 1,787,267

1,906,913 20,104,460 1,976,018 1,581,905

Christian Service Vocations/Clergy Education Faith Education Chancery Self Insurance Program Tribunal Communications Parish Accounting Services Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary Renovation St. Thomas More Newman Center Construction

1,164,516 615,813 1,535,556 1,148,377 277,199 270,196 371,575 318,635 1,000,000 100,000

899,852 618,701 1,469,057 1,109,999 348,226 234,306 331,407 231,662 -

Total net assets

$

26,559,705

$

23,662,383

Total Expenses

$

6,801,868

$

5,243,211

Total liabilities & net assets

$

29,109,220

$

25,569,296

Change in Net Assets

$

2,897,322

$

3,165,084

Special Collections Years Ended June 30, 2014 and 2013

Expenses

Diocese of Winona Offices

Christian Service: Divine Worship, Youth and Young Adults, Life, Hispanic Ministry, Catholic Charities, Cemeteries Christian Service 17% Vocations/Clergy Education: Vocations, Clergy Education, Theology Students, Latin America 24,157 28,442 Care of Priests Faith Education: Catholic Education, Faith Formation, Evangelization, Apologetics, Aid To The Church In Eastern & Central Europe 43,487 55,720 American Bishops' Overseas Appeal (CRS) 75,651 151,534 Mission Advancement, Lay Formation, Media Center, Newman Centers. Chancery: Bishop, Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar for the Clergy, Catholic Home Missions 30,990 32,502 Catholic Communications Campaign 18,181 10,698 Chancellor, Human Resources, Finance, Planning, Cemeteries SelfBequests Insurance Property, Liability, Automobile, Workers Compensation, Collection For The Holy Father (Peter's Pence) 46,071 58,048 andProgram: Gifts Vocations/Clergy Catholic Ministries Campaign 65,209 51,481 Claims/Risk 20% Management Services, Lay Staff & Priest Health Care, Education For Human Development Appeal 9% Tribunal: Diocese of Winona Tribunal Retirement Fund For Religious 56,559 73,676 21% Parish AccountingCommunications: Communications, Courier, Television Masses Missionary Cooperative Plan 109,847 101,997 Services Parish Accounting Services: Parish Administrative Financial Services Black & Native Americans 23,160 Faith Education25,426 Christian Service Operation Rice Bowl 68,460 75,9985% 23% 17% Communications Holy Land 59,288 61,934 Diocese of Winona Finance Council Tribunal 5% University Of America Catholic 5,248 6,512 4% Mission Sunday (Propagation Of The Faith) 63,243 61,937 Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona Typhoon Haiyan Recovery 135,074 Rev. Msgr. Richard M. Colletti, Vicar General & Chancellor Self Insurance Archdiocese Military Services 39,258 Mr. James Anderson, DOW Trustee, Austin IHM Seminary Program *Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Winona 49,864 111,068 Ms. Margaret Michaletz, DOW Trustee, Owatonna Renovation Vocations/Clergy 4% Tornado And Disaster Recovery 14,616 22,945 Mr. Lawrence J. Dose, Chief Finance & Administrative Officer DOW & ST. Thomas More Education Hurricane SandyCenter 348,681 Sr. Jean Keniry, OSF, Rochester Franciscans Parish Assessment Newman 9% Chancery 17% Construction Parish Accounting Mr. Robert Wooden, Wabasha Total Special16% Collections $ 928,362 $ 1,278,599Services 17% Rev. Thomas Loomis, Pastor Holy Spirit Church, Rochester 5% Rev. Matthew Fasnacht, Pastor St. Mary, Caledonia / St. Patrick, Brownsville Br. William Mann, FSC, President, St. Mary's University, Winona *Note: Collections for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona are now sent to Catholic Investments Communications Tribunal 31% Mr. Michael Brinkman, Jackson 5% Charities directly 2014

Faith Education 2013 23%

Revenues

Expenses

4%

IHM Seminary Renovation & ST. Thomas More Newman Center Construction 16%

Self Insurance Program 4%

Chancery 17%

Departmental Revenue 11%

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Rights and Responsibilities Part Two by: members of the Diocese of Winona Social Concerns Committee

In the Diocese

In our January article we looked at rights, now we will address what Catholic Social Teaching says about RESPONSIBILITIES which undergird those rights. St. James instructs us to be doers of the word, not hearers only (Jas 1:22) and St. Paul writes, “Serve one another in love” (Gal 5:12). Therefore, as disciples of Jesus, we joyfully accept our share of responsibility for the common good. Papal encyclicals and other church documents spell out some ways to meet that challenge. For example, Pope John Paul II wrote, “Love is made concrete in the promotion of justice which requires change in lifestyle, models of production, consumption and structures of power” (Centesimus Annus). None of us alone can do everything to make this world a perfect one, but that does not excuse us from doing what we can to make a difference. We each have distinct gifts, talents, and capabilities

so actions will differ, but non-action is not one of the acceptable alternatives. The question to ask is, “How do I begin to carry out my responsibility?” Our first, and sometime our only, response is prayer. At other times advocacy or direct action is demanded. Pope Francis assures us that “No single act of love for God will be lost, no generous effort is meaningless, no painful endurance is wasted. All of these encircle our world like a vital force”(Joy of the Gospel n.279). In Gaudium et Spes (a document from Vatican II) we read, “It grows increasingly true that the obligations of justice and love are fulfilled only if each person, contributing to the common good, according to his own abilities and the needs of others, also promotes and assists the public and private institutions dedicated to bettering the conditions of human life” (n.30). Certainly, we all recognize a responsibility for ourselves and those closest to us, but Pope Francis in Joy of the Gospel warns against the sin of individualism which he says “weakens the development of personal relationships and distorts family bonds.” He also tells us, “An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave the earth somehow better than we found it” (n.67, 183). The bishops of the United States in their

Hispanic Priests/Sacerdotes Hispanos: Padre Luis Alfonso Vargas: Capellán del Decanato de Worthington. lukiponcho@yahoo. es Tel. 507-341-0403 Padre José Morales: Capellán del Decanato de Rochester. jloralesr2008@yahoo.es

Tel. 507-329-2931 Padre Mariano Varela IVE: Párroco de “SS. Peter and Paul” en Mankato. mvarela@hickorytech.net Tel. 507-388-2995 ext 103 Padre Octavio Cortez IVE: Vicario Parroquial de “Ss. Peter

and Paul” en Mankato Tel. 507-388-2995 Padre Raul Silva: Pastor de “All Saints” en New Richland, “St. Aidan” en Ellendale, “St. Mary” en Geneva padreraulsilva@gmail. com

pastoral letter “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” encouraged responsibility in the political realm when they wrote “Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” Pope Francis puts the ball in our court when he writes, “We can justly consider that the future of humanity lies in the hands of those who are strong enough to provide coming generations with reasons for living and hoping” (Joy of the Gospel, n.279). We are challenged by scripture, popes and bishops to accept our responsibility for the common good. Pope Francis memorably encourages us to do so with these words: “Challenges exist to be overcome! Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope-filled commitment”(Joy of the Gospel n.109).

Spanish Mass Schedule

Albert Lea, St. Theodore, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday. Austin, Queen of Angels, Spanish Mass at 11 a.m and 5 p.m. every Sunday. Dodge Center, St. John Baptist de La Salle, Spanish Mass, 11 a.m., every Sunday. Lake City, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 6:30 p.m., every third Saturday. Madelia, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, 10 a.m., every Sunday. Mankato, Ss. Peter & Paul, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m., every Sunday. Owatonna, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 1 p.m. every Sunday. Pipestone, St. Leo, Spanish Mass,

2:30 p.m., every Sunday Rochester, St. Francis of Assisi, Spanish Mass, 12 noon, every Sunday. St. Charles, St. Charles Borromeo, Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m., every Sunday. St. James, St. James, Spanish Mass, 12 p.m., every Sunday. Waseca, Sacred Heart, Spanish Mass, 11:30 a.m., every Sunday. Windom, St. Francis Xavier, Spanish Mass, 12 p.m., every Sunday Worthington, St. Mary, Spanish Mass, Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.

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Action with Prayer

Parish Events St. Joseph, Owatonna Evening concert & morning workshop with Dan Schutte. Concert: Fri., March 20 at 7 p.m. A free will offering is suggested. Workshop: Sat., March 21 at 9 a.m., registration at 8:30, Cost: $10. Dan Schutte is one of the best-known and influential composer of music for the liturgy today. He has been composing worship music for more than 30 years. For more information contact Carol Hodapp 507-451-4845 or carolhodapp@gmail.com St. Bernard's, Stewartville Mama Tranchita's Spaghetti Dinner Tues., March 24. Seating: from 5 - 8 p.m. at Riverviw Greens Club House, Stewartville. Advance Tickets: $20. Cash bar available. Non-stop Live Entertainment. Prepared & Served by: St. Bernard's Men;s Club. Grand Prize Drawing 40" Samsung Smart HD TV & you do not need to be present to win! For

For events at Assisi Heights: www.rochesterfranciscan.org and click on “What’s Happening/Events.” For more info, call Angie Grimm at 507-280-2195 or: ahsc@rochesterfranciscan.org.

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Events in the Diocese

St. Mary’s Church, Winona offers a Mass for Life and Marriage on the first Thursday of the month, at 5:15 p.m. Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty The monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 8:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and a beautiful rosary will be offered, along with prayer and reflection. Gather in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome. “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host…It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” Pope Benedict XVI. Prayer Vigil and Public Witness against Abortion Semcac Clinic is a delegate of Planned Parenthood – the nation's leading abortion provider. Please consider joining a local group from 3-4 p.m. each Tuesday in front of Semcac at 62 E 3rd Street in Winona for an hour of prayer. Contact: Will Goodman 608-698-7443.

Tickets contact: St. Bernard's Church 533-8257. SUBMISSION for the calendar St. Rose of Lima, Lewiston Annual Mission Supper: turkey & Please note: submission deadline all of the trimmings: Thurs., March is the 10th of the month prior to the 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until month of publication. All submissions food is gone. Adults: $10, Children must be sent electronically on our web(4-10): $5, children under 3 are FREE. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds go site: www.dowcourier.org to local and global charities. or by emailing: Courier@dow.org St. Augustine, Austin and by the deadline in order to assure Alan Ames an Internationally known receipt and possible inclusion in the Events Calendar. Catholic Evangelist, Visionary and Mystic who has been given the Gift of We thank you for understanding that due to space limitations, Healing will be visiting St. Augustine not all events nor story submissions will fit; however, we strive to Church on Saturday, March 7 after include as many as possible. Thank you! - Courier Staff our 4:30 p.m. Mass. Following his talk there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation, pastoral council. Strong organizational and Healing Service and Closing Prayers. communication skills. Variable part time hours. St. James, St. James Applications to Fr. Pete at frpete@embarqmail. St. James Council No. 3427 Knights of Columbus com or 419 W Lyon Ave, Lake City, MN 55041 by host its 61st Annual Mulligan Stew on Sun., March 6. March 15: Marian Hall. from 5 - 7 p.m. Serving our famous Mulligan Stew, dessert & beverages. Other Raffle drawing will also be held. St. Teresa, Mapleton Clergy Art Show, Winona March 28, 2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the April 17- 19. Come to the Polish Museum Annex birth of St. Teresa of Avila. We will be celebrating (363 E. 2nd Street) for a show of the abilities and the life and teachings of our Patron Saint. On talents of out priests! Come see the artistic side of the clergy Saturday, March 28 we will begin with Holy Mass through painting, sculpting, and many other artistic craftsat 9 a.m. Followed by food, games, and opportu- manships. nities to learn about this Doctor of the Church. Traditional Latin Mass Events for children and adults. All invited! St. Kilian, St. Kilian Invites everyone to our Spring Celebration at St. Mankato, Ss. Peter and Paul, first Saturday month, 9 Joseph’s Hall in St. Kilian on Sunday, April 12 a.m. from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please join us for Swiss steak, Rochester (Simpson), St. Bridget, first and third mashed potatoes & gravy, salad, glazed carrots, assorted pies and desserts! This event benefits Sundays of the month, 1 p.m. St. Kilian’s Religious Education Programs with Wabasha, St. Felix, weekly. Saturday 8 a.m. matching funds from Catholic United Financial.

Chatfield, St. Mary's, Saturday morning, please check with the parish for the time.

Retreats DOW's Lenten Retreat for Women The Cross of Christ and It's Meaning for You: Saturday, March 21 at The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Speaker: Sr. Edith Mary, RSM. Register: dow.org/endow 2nd Annual "Celebrate Women" Retreat April 24-26. Theme: You Are Standing on Holy Ground Keynote Speaker: Pauline Lorch, OSU. Held at Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center Frontenac, MN. Call 651.345.4582 or visit the Villa's website at http://www.villamariaretreats.org/ and then click on Events.

Job Openings Director of Liturgy - St. Mary, Winona St. Mary’s Parish is seeking a Director of Liturgy (up to 0.85 FTE) to provide leadership for our community as we gather for prayer and worship. 12 month or 9 month contract negotiable. Responsibilities include liturgy and music planning and preparation, piano accompaniment as well as liturgical minister recruitment and formation. Bachelor’s or advanced degree in liturgy, music, or related field is required. Resumes: submitted by email or delivered to parish office by Mar 15. More info: please contact the parish office: (507) 4525656, stmarys@wacs1.org. Parish Coordinator for St. Mary’s & St. Patrick’s Parishes, Lake City Will coordinate activities and programs working with pastor and

The Televised Mass Offered as a service for the homebound and elderly. Every Sunday on the following stations: KTTC-TV, Channel 10, Rochester at 9 a.m. KEYC-TV, Channel 12, Mankato at 7:30 a.m. Donations for the continuation of this program may be sent to: TV Mass, PO Box 588, Winona MN 55987. Thank you for your donations to the TV Mass

Morning of Prayerful Remembrance & Intercession

Saturday, April 11 at St. Joseph Parish, Owatonna, 8 - 10 a.m. Women, men, families, health care providers and all of us, directly or indirectly, have been impacted by abortion. In response, we gather to pray and to seek healing and forgiveness. The morning will include: • Personal testimonies • Intercessory prayer • Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary • Opportunity for Reconciliation • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass For info on this event: Mary Eisman (507) 271-3164 For professional help call Lumina 1-877-586-4621 or email lumina@postabortionhelp.org March, 2015 w The Courier


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Consecrated Life in the

Diocese of Winona Parishioners in Formation

...those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples.

Br. Ryan Anderson

Deacon Br. Vincent Bagan

De La Salle Christian Brothers Second Year Postulant St. Teresa, Mapleton

Dominican Friars Priory of St. Joseph Transitional Diaconate Sacred Heart, Waseca

Sr. Maria Carmel Bute

Sr. M. Sara Carlson

Br. Raphael Christianson

Missionaries of Charity First Renewal of Vows St. Casimir, Wells

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary Fourth Year St. Joachim, Plainview

Dominicans of the Province of St. Albert the Great FourthYear of Simple Vows St. Joseph, Owatonna

Sr. Karen Davis

Vince Deming

Carmelites Postulant St. Francis of Assisi, Rochester

Order of Camelites Pre-Novitiate St. Joachim, Plainview

Sr. Mary Elisha Glady Religious Sisters of Mercy Novitiate St. Ignatius, Spring Valley

Friar Joseph Kruse Figli Del Divino Amore Novitiate Sts. Peter & Paul, Mankato

Sr. Anna Mary Swanson Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus Temporary Vows St. John the Baptist, Mankato

Sr. AndreMaria Gawarecki Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary Temporary Covenant St. Bernard, Stewartville

Sr. Agnes Pia Horlocker

Sr. Mary Dominic Guggisberg Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist Canonical Novitiate Good Shepherd, Jackson

Sr. Marie Josepha Kluczny Religious Sisters of Mercy Novitiate St. Edwards, Austin

Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus Temporary Vows Pax Christi, Rochester

Sr. Stella Maris Linder Religious Sisters of Mercy Temporary Vows Our Lady of Mount Carmel Easton

If your son or daughter is in formation for a consecrated religious vocation please contact the Office of Vocations

Office of Vocations, Diocese of Winona Rev. William Thompson (507) 858-1253, wthompson@dow.org

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The Courier is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona, MN.