Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona-Rochester

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Diocese of Winona-Rochester

Dioecesis Vinonaënsis-Roffensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona.svg
CountryUnited States
Territory20 counties across southern Minnesota
Ecclesiastical provinceSaint Paul and Minneapolis
Area12,282 sq mi (31,810 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
134,449 (23%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedNovember 26, 1889 (129 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Sacred Heart (Winona)
Co-cathedralCo-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Rochester)
Patron saintBlessed Virgin Mary
Current leadership
BishopJohn M. Quinn
Diocese of Winona map 1.jpg

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Latin: Dioecesis Vinonaënsis-Roffensis) is the Roman Catholic diocese which ministers to the people of southern Minnesota. The diocese includes Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Jackson, Martin, Mower, Murray, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Rock, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonowan, and Winona Counties.[1]


Pope Leo XIII erected the Diocese on November 26, 1889.[2] The episcopal see is located in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, Minnesota. Its present Bishop is John M. Quinn. It is bordered to the north by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, of which it is a suffragan see, and the Diocese of New Ulm. On March 27, 2018, the diocese announced that the Congregation for Bishops decided the diocese will be called the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. As part of this name change, St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester was designated as co-cathedral.[3][4]


This is a list of the bishops who have served the Diocese through its history.

Bishops of Winona[edit]

  1. Joseph Bernard Cotter (1889–1909)
  2. Patrick Richard Heffron (1910–1927)
  3. Francis Martin Kelly (1928–1949)
  4. Edward Aloysius Fitzgerald (1949–1969)
  5. Loras Joseph Watters (1969–1986)
  6. John George Vlazny (1987–1997), appointed Archbishop of Portland in Oregon
  7. Bernard Joseph Harrington (1998–2009)
  8. John M. Quinn (2009-2018)

Bishops of Winona-Rochester[edit]

  • John M. Quinn (2018-present)

Coadjutor Bishops[edit]

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]

Affiliated Bishops[edit]


Superintendents of schools[edit]

Name Tenure
Fr. George Henry Speltz 1945-1949
Fr. Thomas Adamson[5] 1963-1964
Fr. James David Habiger[6] 1964-1980
Sister Joseph Marie Kasel, SSND[7] 1976-1982
Brother Dominic J. Kennedy, FSC[8] 1984-1988
Marsha Stenzel 2011-2015

High schools[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Diocese of Winona at Catholic-Hierarchy
  2. ^ Diocese of Winona History
  3. ^ Farris, Kyle. "Diocese of Winona renamed with addition of Rochester co-cathedral". Winona Daily News. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Diocese of Winona Renamed With Addition of Rochester Co-Cathedral". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Rev. Thomas Adamson -". Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  6. ^ "Obituary for Msgr. James David Habiger at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home". Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  7. ^ (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Obituaries". Christian Brothers of the Midwest. Retrieved 2015-11-25.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°02′52″N 91°38′25″W / 44.04778°N 91.64028°W / 44.04778; -91.64028