Office of the Vicar General
Very Rev. Richard Colletti was appointed Vicar General in 2011. He also serves as Chancellor and Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and directs the day-to-day operations of the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
The vicar general assists the diocesan bishop in the governance of the whole diocese.
"By virtue of office, the vicar general has the executive power over the whole diocese which belongs to the diocesan bishop by law, namely, the power to place all administrative acts except those, however, which the bishop has reserved to himself or which require a special mandate of the bishop by law" (c. 479 §1). The vicar general must be a priest and has the title of a local ordinary (c. 134). He is to report more important affairs to the diocesan bishop and must always act according to the intention and mind of the diocesan bishop (c. 480).
Father Colletti's office is located at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 55 W. Sanborn St., Winona MN 55987. His office can be contacted at (507) 858-1267. When you call, you will be directed to his assistant, Shirley Engbrecht.