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/


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

Matthew 4:19

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Upcoming Events


Come and visit our Benedictine Community

Dates: Saturday, November 9, 2019

             Saturday, December 14, 2019

We believe in our 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition. We want to share our story with you. If you are a single, Catholic woman under the age of 45, you are invited to spend a day with us . The day will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. You will learn the history of our chapel and sacred spaces through a guided tour.  Have the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist with the community and share a meal in our monastic dining room. Explore in greater depth through questions and dialogue with some sisters why we chose this life style. To register please contact Sister Lisa Rose, director of vocations, at lrose@csbsju.edu or (320) 363-7180. You can always visit our website www.sbm.osb.org.

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: 507-454-4643 x253
Fax: 507-454-8106

Paula Watembach


55 W. Sanborn Street
PO Box 588
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 507-858-1266
Fax: 507-454-8106
Email: pwatembach@dowr.org