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Diocese of Winona Overview

The Diocese of Winona was established on November 26, 1889, when Pope Leo XIII issued the apostolic constitution which erected the Diocese and set is geographical boundaries. The diocese encompasses the 20 southernmost counties of the state of Minnesota and measures 12,282 square miles of some of the Lord's most beautiful country -- bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Dakotas to the west.

The diocese is home to 114 parishes, four high schools, 30 junior high, elementary or preschools, and Immculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona.

The bishops who have served the Diocese of Winona are:

Bishop Joseph B. Cotter (1889-1909)

Bishop Patrick R. Heffron (1910-1927)

Bishop Francis M. Kelley (1928-1942)

Bishop Leo Binz (coadjutor bishop 1942-1949)

Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald (1949-1969)

Bishop Loras J. Watters (1969-1986)

Bishop John G. Vlazny (1987-1997)

Bishop Bernard J. Harrington (1999-2009)

Bishop John M. Quinn (2009-present)

Contact Us

Diocese of Winona
55 W. Sanborn
PO Box 588
Winona MN 55987


Contact: Joel Hennessy

Phone:(507) 454-4643
Fax:(507) 454-8106