Winona Catholic educational institutions sign Collaborative Memorandum


The Catholic educational institutions of Winona have committed to a significant partnership aimed at fostering and strengthening academic excellence immersed in the rich Catholic tradition from pre-school through graduate-level education.

Winona Area Catholic Schools, Cotter Schools and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will enter into a Collaborative Memorandum of Understanding to promote the values and purposes of Catholic education. The agreement will be signed on Friday, February 3, following the 10 a.m. Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend John M. Quinn at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

The goals of the Memorandum are to coordinate and share the academic resources and professional expertise of the member institutions in order to strengthen and enhance pre-school through graduate-level Catholic education in Winona. The parties (Winona Area Catholic Schools, Cotter Schools and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota) will provide services to one another in the areas of professional development, faith formation and capacity building, and foster a shared commitment to community needs. They will work to enhance collaborative programs that already occur on an individual basis as well as to introduce and facilitate new initiatives.

Catholic education is rooted in the Gospel message of love of God and neighbor. This integration of personal faith and responsibility to serve the common good are core tenets of Christian living. It is the responsibility of Catholic education to ensure each student’s intellectual growth is united with spiritual, religious, emotional, and social growth. Catholic education in Winona is available for all, and at every level, from pre-school through graduate programs.