UNTIL 1883 THE ORIGINAL ST. STEPHEN CHURCH
HAD ACCOMMODATED ALL CATHOLICS
OF ALL NATIONALITIES IN STEVENS POINT,
BUT SO RAPIDLY HAD THE CONGREGATION INCREASED
AND SO MIXED IN LANGUAGE WERE ITS MEMBERS
THAT FR. NICHOLAS JULY, THE PASTOR,
ADVISED THE GERMANS TO FORM
A CONGREGATION OF THEIR OWN.
A committee of German-speaking Catholics took the initiative and met in spring 1884 to form the new parish. St. Joseph Congregation was incorporated with Francis Xavier Krautbauer, Bishop of Green Bay as president.
Ground breaking took place on July 9, 1884. Fr. A. J. Abb, assistant to Fr. July at St. Stephen, was acting pastor of the new congregation. Dedication took place November 16, 1884 with Fr. July as celebrant.
On October 26, 1915, fire destroyed the church building. Work on a new church and rectory started in spring 1916. The cornerstone was laid on May 25, 1916 with formal dedication on December 17, 1916.
In the spring of 1940 enough funds were raised to build a new school.
In January of 1946, St. Joseph Parish became part of the La Crosse Diocese.
Msgr. Henry J. Ehr served as pastor from September 1902 to October 1957. He was succeeded by Fr. LeRoy Keegan (1957-1965).
Change came in a big way in 1965 with the arrival of Msgr. James P. Finucan. Change continued in the 1970s with four different pastors: Msgr. Finucan (until 1973, Fr. James Falconer (1973-1976), Fr. William Nikolai (1976-1979), and Fr. Lyle Schulte (1979-1996), who oversaw the construction of the Parish Family Center in 1994.
Fr. Alan Burkhardt (1996-2010) was pastor when the parish celebrated its 125th anniversary on November 22, 2009. Fr. Jerzy Rebacz followed as Pastor until 2019. Fr. Jeffrey Hennes was appointed Pastor in 2019.
St. Joseph Parish is a community of believers who are "Together in Faith" through faith, liturgy, sacraments, and service.
Rev. Nicholas July
Rev. Joseph Meyerhofer
Rev. John Westkamp
Rev. Louis Starostzick
Msgr. Henry Ehr
Msgr. James P. Finucan
Rev. William Nikolai
Rev. Alan Burkhardt
Rev. Jeffrey Hennes
Rev. A. Dambacher
Rev. Francis X. Stemper
Rev. John J. Holzknecht
Rev. John Schemmer
Rev. LeRoy Keegan
Rev. James J. Falconer
Rev. Lyle Schulte
Rev. Jerzy Rebacz