St. Paul’s Spring Wine Fest: Toasting new era of campus ministry Print
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Written by Joan Carey, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
Spring Wine Fest

St. Paul’s Seventh Annual Spring Wine Fest

Friday, May 6:
• 6 p.m. — Wine and beer tasting
• 7:15 p.m. — Dinner
• 8:45-9:15 p.m. — Program
Cost: $60 per person or package of four tickets for $200
Site: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
RSVP: By April 29.

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MADISON -- If anyone has taken a stroll down State St. in the past two months, one will notice a vast difference at 723 State St. The old St. Paul University Catholic Center has been dismantled to make way for the construction of the larger, new St. Paul’s Church and Student Center!

While each year has brought changes and new faces to the primarily student-based center, the heart of the mission remains consistent: providing frequent sacraments and many programs designed to engage the hearts and minds of students, build authentic community, and foster a friendship with Christ that provides a foundation for a lifetime of discipleship.

Supporting the mission

Whether one has stepped foot in St. Paul’s or not, this is a mission that many alumni and faithful Catholics from our Diocese of Madison and beyond support as an effective apostolate with an impact far beyond the UW campus.

It is through sacraments, strong community, and authentic Catholic formation that young people can be transformed into the types of Catholic leaders our world and Church need in the modern era.

To celebrate this new era of campus ministry at UW-Madison, you are invited to St. Paul’s Spring Wine Fest on Friday, May 6.

In its seventh year, the Spring Wine Fest continues to draw together well over 400 benefactors, alumni, parents of students, and friends of St. Paul’s to enjoy an evening that highlights the impact and future of Catholic campus ministry at UW-Madison.

As St. Paul’s outreach on campus continues to spread to more of the 10,000 estimated Catholics among the larger population of 43,000 students, St. Paul’s hopes that interested Catholics across our diocese will enjoy a truly special evening.

Event details

Guests at the Spring Wine Fest will have abundant time to engage with one another during the wine and beer tasting, with antipasti to pair with some of the eight wines from around the world or the exceptional local brews from Karben4 Brewing.

The open seating during dinner offers a setting that allows guests to continue the lively conversation, sharing a table with friends new or old. Meeting some of the several dozen current UW-Madison students who will be present as volunteers, hearing a moving testimony from a current student during the brief program, and witnessing this sample of the broad community of supporters, guests are sure to walk away with some of the tremendous hope that this mission and diverse community of supporters bring to our state.

New in 2016! Because of a generous donation, St. Paul’s is holding a raffle for two tickets to a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Mater Dei Tours. Tickets will be available at the Spring Wine Fest, but for more details or to purchase tickets online visit

We look forward to greeting you and many Catholics from across the diocese to celebrate and support this impactful and growing mission on Friday, May 6.