Youth Ministry and faith formation

Office of Youth Ministry and Faith Formation


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Office of Faith Formation 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  Faith Formation is "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 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

FIRE Meetings

The mission of FIRE is to promote collaboration and offer support to the faith formation and youth ministry coordinators in our diocese.  All faith formation and youth ministry coordinators and their volunteer leaders are welcome to attend.  Please see our 2021 Meeting Schedule for more information.




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.

For Circle of Grace Materials, please contact Mary Hamann at

For the Circle of Grace Training Report due mid December, 2021, click here.

Safe Environment/VIRTUS

Our Faith Formation programs offer a safe, structured atmosphere where students learn and thrive.  

For instructions on helping volunteers register for VIRTUS training, click here.

For a copy of the required background check for volunteers, click here.

For more information, visit the Safe Environment website.

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.


Dana Petricka

Director of Youth Ministry and Faith Formation

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone number: 507-454-4643 x272
Fax: 507-454-8106