lay formation

Office of Lay Formation

The Office of Lay Formation provides education and formation opportunities within our Diocese to support lay women and men in living out their lay vocation both in the world and within the Church.

Current Programs


Institute of Lay Formation

The diocesan Institute of Lay Formation is a program of prayer, study, and reflection on the Catholic Faith and on the life of discipleship and service within the Church.  The Institute has three formation components:

  • a catechetical/theological formation component, CREDO ~ Together in Faith
  • a lay leadership formation component, CARITAS ~ Together in Service
  • a continuing education/formation component, EMMAUS ~ Together in Christ.

Diocesan Ministry Days

“Ministry Days” are an annual cycle of diocesan gatherings for our clergy, parish staff, and other church ministers to come together for prayer, sharing, learning, and planning relating to our common ministry here in southern Minnesota. Held in the fall, spring, and early summer each year, these gatherings also provide professional in-service and enrichment opportunities for these ministers.

Upcoming Evangelization Training…

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 10, when the diocese will host a “Basic Evangelization Training” led by St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE), a grassroots apostolate whose mission is to share the Good News about Jesus and the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church that Jesus founded. The training will be held at Saint John the Evangelist Church in Rochester from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, with the option to go out and evangelize immediately following the training. The registration fee is $25, which covers training, materials, and lunch. Scholarships are available upon request.

This training day is “among the most hands on, practical, and dynamic evangelization workshops for Catholics in the world today. Participants will gain the courage they need to be enthusiastic and joyful evangelists as they overcome the fear many of us have to share our faith.  Those who complete the training will receive basic certification, membership on the SPSE online training site, and materials to engage their parishes and schools in the work of evangelization.”  [Information in quotes is taken from the SPSE web site:]

Registration for the event will begin soon.  For more information, contact Todd Graff, Director of Lay Formation (Phone: 507-858-1270 / Email:, or Deb McManimon, SPSE Regional Missionary (Phone: 507-271-1737 / Email:


Todd Graff currently serves as the Director of the Office of Lay Formation.  Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and his Master of Arts degree in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.  Previous to coming to the diocese, he served as a campus minister at Creighton University and as a high school religion teacher and campus minister at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, IL.  He came to the Diocese of Winona in August, 1990, to serve as the Coordinator of Social Action Programs for Catholic Charities.  In December, 1999, he assumed his present position. Todd is married to Laurie Ziliak and the father of six children - Isaac, Jesse, Nathan, Samuel, Sophia, and Hannah.

Paula Watembach currently serves as the secretary for the Office of Lay Formation.

Todd Graff


55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 858-1270
Fax: (507) 454-8106


Paula Watembach

Secretary for the Office of Lay Formation

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 858-1266
Fax: (507) 454-8106