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Warming Center Orientation Dates

The Winona Community Warming Center will open again November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.  We are looking for volunteers to help operate the Warming Center.  All volunteers are required to attend orientation training and complete paperwork for a background check. Orientation dates are Thursday, September 27th; Thursday, October 4th; OR Monday, October 29th.  [...]

John McGuire to Retire

Staff celebrate Counseling Program Director—John McGuire who is retiring in June after 26 years of dedicated service; providing help and hope at Catholic Charities. John was presented with the Bishop’s Medal by Emeritus Bishop Bernard Harrington at the Spring agency meeting. Sending our heartfelt thanks to John for his compassionate care and wishing him [...]

‘Walk in another’s shoes’

'Walk in another's shoes' By Matthew Stolle, Rochester Post Bulletin, May 9, 2018 Mary Alessio has written a book about compassion. Her book, “The City That Locked In,” is based on a 2017 local initiative in which Rochester residents and visitors decorated padlocks with symbols and words of compassion and attached their creations to [...]

Power at Your Fingertips

By Mary Alessio, Director of Advancement at Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota Millions of adults and children have watched the “Wizard of Oz” — it’s a classic. If you are like me, your first encounter with the movie was a bit daunting. I remember hiding under a blanket for a good portion of it. [...]

A Vow to Serve

Sister Mara Lester is a psychiatrist who joined Catholic Charities’ Winona office this year. Charades is her favorite game. “It’s kind of silly but enjoyable,” she said. by CHRIS ROGERS, Winona Post As a girl growing up in a not-so-religious family near Brainerd, Minn., Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act,” was Sister Mara Lester’s [...]

Catholic Fraternal Life Insurance Society presents gift to Catholic Charities

Rosalie Grams, High Court Trustee for The Catholic Fraternal Life Insurance Society stopped by Catholic Charities Advancement Office today with a donation to assist Catholic Charities with Emergency Services. Before leaving Rochester, she stopped at the “Locks of Compassion” Display to attach a lock in support of compassion! Heartfelt thanks to the Catholic Order [...]