Questors Club Dinner Celebrates Historic Wisconsin Supper Clubs and Supports Capuchin Works of Mercy

MILWAUKEE – The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph announces the 2nd Annual Questors Club Dinner to take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the St. Francis Capuchin Center at 1937 Vel R. Phillips Avenue. Questors Club is an homage to the great Wisconsin supper clubs of the 1950s-1970s, featuring décor, menu, relish trays and music to evoke the uniquely Wisconsin midcentury dining experience.

All proceeds from the event provide support to the Capuchin friars and their works of mercy in Wisconsin. The friars operate two parishes, St. Francis of Assisi in Halyard Park and St. Benedict the Moor in Westown. In addition, the friars operate a major social service ministry at Capuchin Community Services and its two locations: the House of Peace community center, food pantry and clothes closet, and St. Ben’s Community Meal providing meals, a winter warming center and other essentials to people experiencing homelessness and other hardships. Capuchin Community Services impacts the lives of well over 100,000 southeast Wisconsin residents every year. In the greater Fond du Lac area, historic St. Lawrence Seminary High School has been educating generations of servant leaders since 1857 in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin.

The event includes an open bar, dinner, and live/silent auctions. Supper club attire is encouraged. Free parking is available to the west of the Capuchin Center with entrances on Brown and on Fifth. Event sponsorships are available to organizations wishing to underwrite the event and support the Capuchin mission. Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. Ticketing and sponsorship packages are available online at Tickets start at $125 per person/$250 per couple.

“The Capuchin friars are excited to partner with our many supporters in southeast Wisconsin in raising funds to continue our works of mercy and to continue to prepare future generations for leadership,” said Fr. Mark Joseph Costello, provincial minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. “Supporting this event by attending, by bidding on any of our auction items, or through sponsorship goes a long way to helping fund the many programs that we offer in the region, and helps us solidify our longstanding commitment to in Wisconsin that dates to 1857.”

The name Questors Club is derived from the Franciscan tradition of questing. When questing, a Franciscan friar from a particular community would go out asking for alms for the poor, often by going door to door in the villages and towns of medieval Europe. With the Questors Club, the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Joseph are bringing this ancient tradition into the modern age, and inviting the public to quest with them by attending the event as a way of supporting those in need.

About the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph

The mission of the friars of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph is one of transforming the world through reverence. Established at Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin in 1857, the Midwest Capuchins are part of an international community of friars following the rule of St. Francis of Assisi. The brothers of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in various ministries, including social service, schools, chaplaincy, a retreat house and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana.