Office of Vocations

Is God calling you to the priesthood?

Wondering if you might be called to the priesthood? Check out this website and survey:  http://diocesanpriest.com/am-i-being-called-united-states/

Do you have questions regarding the priesthood? You may find your answer herediocesanpriest.com

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Dominican Sisters of Mary Retreats

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Upcoming Events

Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary is hosting a Vocations Information Weekend.  Young men, juniors and seniors in high school or graduated are invited to stay the weekend at IHM to experience seminary life and ask questions. Three weekends are available: February 24-25 and March 16-17, 2024.  The weekend includes the option of remaining Monday to attend classes with the seminarians. Contact Father Jason Kern if interested: Jkern@dowr.org

Click here to see the IHM website. 


Come and Be Retreat for single women. Join us at Saint Benedict’s Monastery for a weekend of self-discovery and vocation discernment with other women. Learn and discover some of our Benedictine /Christian Values. Listen to some personal reflections from sisters. Learn about our Benedictine prayer and life style as you join us for our common prayer, Eucharist and meals. 

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The following link will connect you to Saint Benedicts Seminary registration form. Come and Be Retreat

For more information you may email Lisa Rose lrose@csbsju.edu

Save the Date

Young women's Discernment Day co-sponsored by the Diocese of Winona- Rochester and St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Mark your calendars for April 13th 2024. An open invitation to all young women ages 14-35 to listen for God speaking to the heart. He is calling...take time to listen.  


Diocese of Winona-Rochester Prayer for Vocations

Loving Father, source of all that is good, we beg you to look upon us with mercy and love. As your beloved sons and daughters, redeemed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we seek to do your will in every action of our lives.

We beg you now to pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and help each member of this diocese to live out the call to holiness given to them in baptism.

Please grant us many priests and consecrated persons to serve Your Church, strong and holy marriages that serve as a sign of Your self-giving love, and single men and women who are intent on living out Your plan for their lives.

Let each of us be more deeply conformed to Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Help us to live in holiness and love, keep us on the path You have marked out for us, which leads to eternal life with You.

May Your grace be abundant as we rejoice in hope and confidently trust in Your Divine Providence each day.

With grateful hearts, we ask this prayer through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.



Rev. Jason Kern

Director of Vocations

55 W Sanborn Street | PO Box 588
Winona MN 55987
Email: jkern@dowr.org
Phone: 507-858-1253


Fr. Brian Mulligan

Vocations Promoter

55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Email: bmulligan@dowr.org
Phone: 507-250-7235


Paula Harrigan

Administrative Assistant

55 W Sanborn Street | PO Box 588
Winona MN 55987
Email: pharrigan@dowr.org
Phone: 507-858-1266

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:19