About Us | Catholic Charities Madison

About Catholic Charities

of the Diocese of Madison

Catholic Charities, guided by the principles of Catholic teaching, provides services to 10,000 individuals in our Diocese.

The mission of Catholic Charities is to demonstrate Christ’s love and justice by caring in faith for the human family. We do this by delivering programs to those most in need across the 11-county footprint of the Diocese of Madison, including those experiencing the challenges of poverty, homelessness, disabilities, aging, addiction, health and wellbeing, and food insecurity.

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 mental health support, 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


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


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

Annual Reports

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