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Upcoming Events


About Us

We at StoutCatholic believe that all people have been called into an intimate, personal relationship with God. We aim to provide a hospitable, friendly environment in which anyone may be led to an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, and thus experience the mercy, love, and peace which the world itself cannot give. No matter where you might be in your own understanding of God, faith, or spirituality, you are welcome here.

We host a variety of events and programs in which to become involved. Some of our offerings include bible studies, liturgical ministries, mission trips, theological classes, free dinners, social events, retreats, praise & worship nights, and volunteer service opportunities.

Contact Us

The Ministry to UW-Stout
710 2nd St E
Menomonie, WI 54751

P: (715) 235-4258
E: director@stoutcatholic.org

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Sunday Mass


8:30 AM – (St. Joseph Catholic Church)
10:15 AM – (St. Joseph Catholic Church)


7:00 PM – (St. Joseph Catholic Church)

*Reconciliation/Confession offered from 6:15-6:45pm


2nd & 4th Mondays | 6:30-8:00pm | St. Joseph Catholic Church

Take some time out of your busy week to join us for ENCOUNTER. At Encounter, you will have the opportunity to gather as a student community to encounter Jesus Christ in the Mass, Confession, and Eucharistic Adoration. Sing, pray, chant, and worship. Be refreshed and experience prayer like never before.

For more information, please contact our Liturgy Coordinator, Sarah Braatz.

Liturgical Ministries

Would you like to deepen your experience of the Mass? Then consider volunteering to serve the StoutCatholic community in one of our liturgical ministries! Our open positions include: Altar Server, Lector, Usher, Incense, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC). Those who serve will be scheduled according to preference, and will be given training in their respective roles.

If interested, please contact our Liturgy Coordinator, Sarah Braatz.

Music Ministries

Do you have the gift of voice or music? If so, we’d love to have you share your talents with us at the Sunday Mass! Our choir helps lead the StoutCatholic community to a sense of the sacred through song and instrumental music. Practice times will be announced shortly.

If interested, please contact our Music Coordinator, Becky Loebach.


FREE Dinner & Discussion

1st & 3rd Thursdays | 5:30-7:30 PM | The Ministry

Take a night off from dining center food to enjoy riveting discussion over a delicious home-cooked meal. During this biweekly event we will explore large life topics, values, and questions like Happiness, Forgiveness, Loss, Courage, Humility, and Brevity of Life, among many others. All who love to discuss deep, meaningful life questions are invited to share their thoughts, input, and feelings here at this event. Bring a friend! Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Free Friendly.

For more information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Mindy Knepprath.

Fall Student Retreat (Koinonia)

October 20-22, 2017 | St. Joseph Catholic Church

Looking for a fun and easy way to make a lot of new friends while growing in your faith at the same time? Then the Koinonia Retreat is the perfect weekend event for you! Koinonia (Greek: Community) is the largest annual student retreat we offer at StoutCatholic. You will eat plenty of food, hear moving testimonies, and share in a life-changing retreat you will not soon forget. Cost is $50 (scholarships are available) and space is limited!


For more information, please contact our Formation Coordinator, Andrew Hirl.

Social Events

Join us as we make new friends and experience all sorts of fun and recreation all year long. Events include Movie Nights, Parties, Bowling, Mini-Golf, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Concerts, and much more. Be sure to like our Facebook Page to stay in the loop about all upcoming social events.

For more information, please contact our Social Coordinators, Karie Holmstadt and Tyler Elwood


Elderly Outreach

3rd Mondays | 7:00-8:30pm* | The Neighbors of Dunn County

*Meet at 6:15pm in the Price Commons to Carpool

Do you enjoy bringing smiles to our elderly Menomonie neighbors? If so, join us as we travel to The Neighbors of Dunn county to play BINGO, make crafts, and share in fun and laughter.

For more information please contact our Service Coordinator, Kayla Ignasiak.

Volunteer Opportunities


Do you have a servant’s heart? Do you care about social justice and helping those less fortunate? Then consider joining us for monthly volunteer service trips. Places we lend assistance at include: Stepping Stones Food Panty, Winter Haven Warming Shelter, and many more.

For more information, please contact our Service Coordinator, Kayla Ignasiak.

Spring Break Mission Trip

March 09-18, 2018| Toronto, Canada

Details Coming Soon!

For more information, please contact our Service Coordinator, Kayla Ignasiak.


Exploring Catholicism (RCIA)

Wednesdays | 6:30-8:00pm | St. Joseph Catholic Church (Basement)

Are you looking to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you seeking to become Catholic or perhaps receive one of the Sacraments such as Confirmation? Then Exploring Catholicsm (RCIA) is for you. During this free year-long program, we will meet weekly to explore all of the fascinating facets of the Catholic tradition. We will look at the Bible, Catechism, Early Church Fathers, and renowned theologians to help you experience the beauty that is Catholicism. All materials are provided and there is no obligation to become Catholic at any time.

For more information, please contact our Director of Campus Ministry, Steve Drapalik.

Theology on Tap

1st Mondays | 6:00-800pm | Stout Ale House

Catholic teachings can at times seem quite out of context with our culture. If you are interested in more of the hot-button, controversial topics of the Catholic faith, then Theology on Tap is for you. During this monthly event targeting primarily upperclassmen and graduate students, a speaker who is an expert in their respective field will share the Catholic position on a number of issues including: politics, sexuality, race, and much more. Theology on Tap is hosted at a local bar & eatery and sharing insight with fellow students over drinks and food is encouraged. Plus each event begins with a round of trivia with prizes!

For more information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Mindy Knepprath.


ENCOUNTER Conference | November 11, 2017 | Milwaukee, WI
SEEK 2018 Conference | January 2018 | TBA

Want to travel with StoutCatholic in and out of state to hear dozen of well-respected Catholic leaders speaking on a variety of topics relevant to your life, worship with a multitude of other students from campuses across the country, and see some of the biggest names in Catholic music perform live? Then consider joining us for an upcoming Catholic conference. We will yearly alternate between the SEEK Conference (+15,000 students) hosted by FOCUS – Fellowship of Catholic University Students and the ENCOUNTER Conference (+1,000 students) hosted by Arise Ministries.

For more information, please contact our Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, Steve Drapalik.

StoutCatholic Discipleship

Must Attend Fall Student Retreat (Koinonia) or Participate in a Small Group Bible Study to Receive Invitation into Discipleship.

Jesus Christ calls each and every one of us to lay down our nets and follow Him. StoutCatholic Discipleship is an intensive two-year formation program which is founded upon the principles of apprenticeship and mentorship. During your two years in discipleship, all students will grow in their practice of prayer, and knowledge in the areas of Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, and Apologetics.

For more information, please contact our Formation Coordinator, Andrew Hirl.

StoutCatholic Staff

Professional Staff

Steve Drapalik
Steve DrapalikDirector of Campus Ministry
Fr. James Kurzynski
Fr. James KurzynskiChaplain

Student Staff

Michael Loes
Michael LoesPresident
Mallory Schneider
Mallory SchneiderCommunications Coordinator
Sarah Braatz
Sarah BraatzLiturgy Coordinator
Becky Loebach
Becky LoebachMusic Coordinator
Kayla Ignasiak
Kayla IgnasiakService Coordinator
Mindy Knepprath
Mindy KnepprathOutreach Coordinator
Andrew Hirl
Andrew HirlFormation Coordinator
Karie Holmstadt
Karie HolmstadtFemale Social Coordinator
Tyler Elwood
Tyler ElwoodMale Social Coordinator