Meet our Campus Minister

 
 
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Fr. Bill Stout, OFM
262-632-2785 ext. 402
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Fr. William F. Stout, OFM (“Father Bill”) is our Campus Minister! Fr. Bill is a Franciscan Friar affiliated with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province headquartered in Franklin, Wisconsin.

He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and comes from a family of seven children. He has a large extended family. His maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants who emigrated from Ireland and into the U.S. in the early 1920s. His paternal grandparents reach back to the early 1700's as immigrants to the American Colonies from England. His ethnic background is Irish and English, and he is the product of seriously devoted Catholic and Protestant family lines.   

Prior to his entry into religious life and ordained ministry, Fr. Bill worked in sales/product support within the electronics and automotive parts industries... covering local territories near his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and eventually extending to a 12-state territory stretching from Virginia to Maine. In addition, he spent a number of years handling Bodily Injury and Property Damage insurance claims and settlements in the New York City metropolitan area.

Fr. Bill was Solemn-Professed as a Franciscan Friar in 1998 and was then subsequently ordained to the Priesthood in the year 2000 at the age of 42. Since his ordination in 2000, Fr. Bill has been assigned to work in several locations and types of ministry: as a parish priest in Mississippi and Texas, as a chaplain for a senior-citizen healthcare community in Milwaukee, as a prison chaplain in Mississippi, and as a high school campus minister in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his present duties at St. Catherine’s. He is currently the provincial archivist for his Franciscan province.

In the past, Fr. Bill once-upon-a time enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, back-packing, trap shooting, boating and water and snow skiing. He currently enjoys occasional music ministry and other hobbies involving “tinkering and fixing things,” and reading.