faith formation

Lifelong Faith Formation

The mission of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and RCIA is the mission of the Church: “to proclaim the Gospel to all men” (Ad Gentes 1). We seek to evangelize, catechize, and form disciples throughout Southern Minnesota by helping those within the Diocese to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation “to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least openness to letting him encounter them” (Evangelii Gaudium 3).

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and RCIA are "the means which the bishop as head of the community and teacher of doctrine utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities of the diocese” (General Directory for Catechesis, No. 265).

We assist Bishop Quinn in his role as the chief catechist by:

  • supporting pastors with the RCIA process and parish-based faith formation
  • accompanying directors and coordinators of parish faith formation programs in their vital task of educating the youth throughout Southern Minnesota.
  • providing educational and professional development, networking, and retreat opportunities for directors of faith formation, RCIA coordinators, adult faith formation leaders, and catechists.
  • implementing guidelines for sacramental preparation
  • consulting on the selection of resource materials

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Circle of Grace 

Circle of Grace is a safe environment program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to Article 12 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It serves the dual purpose of education and forming youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.

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Safe Environment 

Our Faith Formation programs offer a safe, structured atmosphere where students learn and thrive.  For more information, visit the Safe Environment website.

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Faith Formation Scholarship Program

This scholarship program seeks to assist those adults who intend to pursue undergraduate education in Theology or Pastoral Ministry, those already in parish service who desire continuing education, and women who seek to join ENDOW groups but find the cost of the program prohibitive. Please find the scholarship brochure.

Peter Martin

Director of Faith Formation

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Email: faithformation@dow.org
Phone: 507-454-4643 x273
Fax: 507-454-8106