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About Catholic Charities

of Madison

Catholic Charities, guided by the principles of Catholic teaching, provides services to nearly 20,000 individuals in our Diocese.

With 18 programs in 11 counties in Southern Wisconsin, our programs help seniors, those living with a disability, individual and family counseling, mobile food pantries in rural communities, addiction treatment, those experiencing homelessness, and more.

Our Mission

To demonstrate Christ’s love and justice by caring in faith for the human family.

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Our Programs

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Our Aging services address the emotional, physical and social needs of older adults, serving them with dignity and compassion.

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Children & Families

Offering counseling, access to food and other services for children and families.

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Developmental Disabilities

Programs for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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The Beacon homeless day resource center and Housing Navigation Services address housing insecurity and homelessness in Dane County.

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Substance Use Treatment

5 Door Recovery is a residential substance use treatment facility located in Madison.

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

The Church identifies key principles of Catholic Social Teaching that guide our response to those in need. Catholic Charities embraces these principles as our core values. Our mission, vision, programs and services are focused on these vital teachings.

“Our faith teaches us that poor people are not issues or problems but sisters and brothers in God’s one human family.” 
– USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Board of Directors


Tina Ahedo
Richard “Dick” Bennett
John Feller
Fr. Thomas Kelly
Rosario “Rosie” Perez
Chris Roe

Permanent Ex-Officio Members

Bishop Donald Hying
Msgr. James Bartylla
Michael Wick
Shawn Carney, Executive Director


Patrick Flesch, Chair
Megan McDermott, Vice Chair
Mary Kay Brooks, Secretary
MaryJo Steeber-Higgins, Treasurer
Jim Hartlieb, Immediate Past Chair

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report