Office of Mission Advancement


November 13, 2017


​​Greetings, Cotter community!


Our annual celebration of Founder's Day, held last week, gave us an opportunity to remember and celebrate all those upon whose shoulders this community stands today. We are grateful for the vision, creativity, and commitment of the many faithful leaders who provided the foundation and resources integral to the flourishing of Cotter Schools today. We are a blessed community and we humbly give thanks! 


"Lord, make us instruments of your peace; where there is hatred,

let us sow love; where there is darkness, light.

We pray that we can follow in the example of Saint Francis and the Sisters of Saint Francis to bring light, love, pardon, faith, joy and hope to the world. We give thanks for the Sisters of Saint Francis and their essential role in the founding of this campus and pray that each day we grow in the faith and spirit that led them to begin their work

within these buildings so many years ago.

We pray in a special way for those in our world in need of love, compassion, and healing. We pray for the strength to console,

to understand and to love.We ask this in the name of your son. Amen."  (2017 Founder's Day)

St. Francis patron of the Sisters of Saint Francis - pray for us.

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

Live, Jesus, in our hearts - forever.


Blessings on your day!





  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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