About Us | Catholic Charities Madison

About Catholic Charities

of Madison

Catholic Charities, guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teachings, provides services to more than 20,000 individuals in our Diocese.

With over 20 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 provide Compassionate and Caring Services to the poor and vulnerable in our communities.

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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
Dorothy Conduah
Sarah Dunn
John Feller
Lisa Marie Greenwood
Fr. Thomas Kelly
Megan McDermott
Michael Morey
Mary Jo Steeber-Higgins


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


Jim Hartlieb, Chair
Patrick Flesch, Vice Chair
Mary Kay Brooks, Secretary
Chris Roe, Treasurer

Annual Reports

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