Statement of the Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona

His Excellency The Most Reverend John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona

"It is a special joy for me to reflect on the presence and witness given by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, in the Diocese of Winona. The Sisters are formed in the charism of their founder, Venerable Catherine McAuley, and are especially dedicated to health care ministry.

Here in the Diocese of Winona, the Sisters of Mercy sponsor and conduct Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center, which is a clinic that specializes in family practice and pro-life health care for all who come for treatment. The center of Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center is the chapel, where those being treated can pray and seek healing from medical personnel and especially from Christ, who is the divine physician and source of all healing. Catholic health care places Christ in the center of healing and is the reason for caring for the vulnerable and the sick.

The Sisters of Mercy live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience so they can follow Jesus Christ with an undivided heart and pursue a life of charity and dedication to those they serve. Consecrated life is a gift of the Holy Spirit and the various ministries of religious build up the Church which is the Body of Christ.

What a blessing it is for the Diocese of Winona to have the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma serving our local Church. It is my prayer that the call to consecrated life will be heard more clearly by young people who are searching for the truth and for a meaningful life of service done in the name of Jesus Christ."