Since 1967, the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) has been the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC supports the ministry of our state’s Catholic bishops by:
- Working with political and community leaders to shape legislation that serves human dignity and the common good
- Educating Catholics and the public about the ethical and moral framework that should be applied to public policy choices
- Mobilizing the Catholic community to make its voice heard in the public arena
We exercise the Church’s witness in the public square in the spirit of Benedict XVI’s 2012 reflection on the public role of the Catholic Church in the United States, found here.
The Minnesota bishops themselves constitute the membership of the Conference and are currently served by a staff of laypeople located at the MCC headquarters in St. Paul, MN. Offering outside perspective and guidance are three committees comprising lay and religious Catholics representing the six Minnesota dioceses: Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Diocese of Crookston, Diocese of Duluth, Diocese of New Ulm, Diocese of St. Cloud, and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.