Office of Mission


January 7, 2019


Today we begin second semester! We are reminded of the many blessings in our lives and the generosity of all those who support Cotter Schools in so many ways. We are a blessed community. Please join us  as we pray for an openness to God's spirit and direction in our lives in the coming semester:



Prayer to Begin a New Semester

Lord, as we prepare for the coming of a new semester, make us ready, attentive and available to hear you. 

Thank You for the gift of being able to rise each day with the assurance that You walk through it with us. 

Thank You for the gifts of creativity and uniqueness,

and the energy to put them to good use. 

May all that we are today, all that we try to do today,

may all our encounters, reflections, even the frustrations

and failings be placed in your hands. 

May the work we do and the way we do it, bring new hope, new life, and courage to all we come in contact with this semester.

We thank you, Lord. Amen. 



St. Joseph, patron of Cotter Schools - pray for us.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts - forever.


Blessings on your day!  


Be Kind - Help Others - Be Caring - Listen 

Be Organized -  Be a Leader - Communicate 

Cooperate - Show Pride - Be Prepared - Love Learning 

Be Self-Reliant - Collaborate - Persevere - Go Beyond





  Cotter Schools is a private, independent, coeducational school in Winona, Minnesota

  that has been guided by Catholic beliefs and values since 1911.


  As an international learning community, serving grades 7-12, we hold our students to the highest academic standards and challenge each of them to develop their full potential academically, physically, spiritually and socially.


  We believe in the intrinsic goodness of all persons, and strive to model the values of

  faith, service, and community as we encourage and support our students

to become more than they can imagine.



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