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Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, a nonprofit corporation of the state of Minnesota, seeks an Executive Director in its Winona MN office.  The Executive Director is responsible for the overall design, implementation, and oversight of all social service and social justice programs of Catholic Charities for the 20 southern counties of Minnesota.  A key responsibility includes achieving significant positive outcomes for poor and vulnerable people throughout southern Minnesota.

The successful candidate must possess a Master’s Degree in a relevant field with 8-10 years experience preferably, in nonprofit program and agency administration, program development, and fund development.  Must be a practicing Catholic and understand and support the moral and social teachings of the Church, including the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Please email a resume and cover letter to scollom@ccsomn.org or mail to Catholic Charities, Attn:  Sheila Collom, PO Box 379, Winona MN 55987 by April 30, 2019.

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Employment|

Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Social Worker

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is seeking a full-time Bachelor’s level Licensed Social Worker.  This position will work with new and expectant parents to provide pregnancy counseling, parenting education and planning or adoption planning and placement. The position also provides detailed paperwork and home studies for families who are applying to adopt a child. Knowledge of adoption and pregnancy & parenting counseling is preferred. Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.

Must be able to work independently, create strong networks in the community, and work flexible, on-call hours. The position is based out of Rochester MN, with some office hours in Winona and travel in a 9 county area.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three work-related references to svetter@ccsomn.org by March 27, 2019.

March 13th, 2019|Categories: Employment|

Parish Social Ministry Program Centers Work on Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Seeks to Respond in Love in an Increasingly Polarized Society

Parish Social Ministry (PSM) is the one Catholic Charities program that directly focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and how those principles find expression in parish life.  And one of the primary principles of Catholic Social Teaching is the Life and Dignity of the Human Person from conception until natural death. …

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March 8th, 2019|Categories: News & Announcements|

The Three Crosses-A Lenten Reflection

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The Three Crosses

  1. There is the cross furiously or sullenly carried, in a rage; man writhes and squirms, fill with hate for it, or at least with a deep and burning resentment. It is a cross without meaning and without any explanation, useless, such a cross may even separate one from God. It is the cross of those of the world, who seek comfort and material well-being, who will put up with neither suffering nor setbacks, for they have no wish to understand the supernatural meaning of pain. It is a cross that does not redeem. It is a cross carried by one of the thieves.
  2. On the road to Calvary, there is a second cross, carried this time with resignation, perhaps even with some dignity, with an acceptance of the situation simply because there is no alternative to it.  This is the one carried by the other thief. Little by little he realizes that close to him is the sovereign figure of Christ, who will radically change the final moments of his life on earth, and for eternity; he will be the one converted into the good thief.
  3. There is a third way to carry the cross. Jesus embraces the saving wood and teaches us how we ought to carry our own cross in life: with love, co-redeeming all souls with him, making reparation at the same time for our own sins. Our Lord has conferred on human suffering a deep meaning. Being able, as he was, to redeem us in a multitude of ways, he chose to do so through suffering for greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

**Conversations with God book—Lenten edition

I found this reflection inspiring as I found myself dragging my cross on several occasions lately. I hope it is as inspiring for you this Lenten Season as it is for me! I am hoping to do my best in the future to  carry it squarely on my shoulders

~Mary Alessio (Director of Advancement)

March 6th, 2019|Categories: News & Announcements|

Volunteer in 2019

Want to improve your health in 2019? Volunteer!

Since 2004, Catholic Charities’ Common Good Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has engaged more than 1,000 volunteers who serve thousands of people in southern Minnesota day- in and day-out.  Together, they are building better lives for their neighbors by addressing gaps in services related to affordable housing, independent living for seniors, intergenerational connections, affordable food and economic security. Now, new research demonstrates that the volunteers themselves are enjoying health benefits because of their service!

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February 13th, 2019|Categories: News & Announcements|