human resources


Human Resources and Benefits

The office administers benefit programs for the priests and employees of the parishes, schools, and institutions of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. These include health, dental, term life, long term disability, lay retirement (403 b), and Section 125 benefits.

Please note that each program section may contain summaries, plans, and other information.  Forms used for the program are listed at the end of each section.


Performance Management

Forms for Employee Participants

Other Information

Hire / Term Forms

Section A - Health and Dental Plan


Coverage Effective Until 12/31/19

Coverage Effective Starting 1/1/20

Other Health and Dental Information

Additional BCBS Programs

For employees enrolled in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota health plans, the following benefits are available:

Omada Program

Omada is a program for Diocese of Winona-Rochester employees and their adult family members who are at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease.


SmartShopper allows you to compare the cost of medical care and earn cash back (up to $500 depending on the service or procedure).

Learn to Live

Learn to Live offers free, 100% confidential online programs for: stress, anxiety, worry, depression, etc.. It is available to employees and family members (13 years and older) who are a part of the DOW-R health plan.


Sharecare is a digital solution to help you manage your health from your smartphone or computer. It is also needed to participate in the fitness incentive program.

Fitness Incentive

Sharecare's Fitness Incentive program counts all of your physical activity, not just your gym workout. Earn a $20 credit in the Sharecare Marketplace, which includes Visa e-gift cards.


Blue365 offers discounted products, including a $29 gym membership.

Doctor On Demand

Online care without leaving your home through Doctor on Demand..

Section B - Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) and Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Section C - Pension Plan

Section D - Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - Medical and Dependent Care

Section E - Supplemental Life Insurance

Section F - Miscellaneous

Dave Fricke

Director of Human Resources

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone number: 507-454-4643 x250

Julia Sandsness

Employee Benefits Coordinator

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone number: 507-454-4643 x268