Badger Catholic inspires faith and discussion at UW-Madison through our multitude of programs and services. Our peer mentorship programs offers students a space to ask questions and explore their faith journeys in a one on one environment. For students looking to explore their faith in a large group setting, we offer encounter as well as our general speaker series.


Fides et Ratio (Latin for “Faith and Reason”) is a group dedicated to helping students participate in the Catholic intersection of faith and reason. Faith and reason are not mutually exclusive, but work together to guide us to truth. We discover this truth through friendly intellectual discussion on science, history, philosophy, theology, and anything in between.


Formally called “Ignite”, the Encounter program invites you to encounter the Catholic faith as we dive into key topics within Dr. John Bergsma’s book, “Stunned by Scripture”. Whether you are a student looking for an introduction to the Catholic faith, want to learn more, or are just looking for a great community, Encounter offers you weekly events with captivating speakers, helpful group discussions, and fun-filled community events throughout campus. Join us as we encounter the Catholic faith with this brand new program.

We will host events based on two week periods for each topic, where each week we dive into of one chapter from “Stunned by Scripture.” For “week A” of the two week topic, join us for 15-20 minute talk followed by small group discussion on Sunday at 5pm in Memorial Union and on Tuesday at 6pm in Union South; a different speaker will be at each Encounter talk. During “week B,” join us for a fun community event on campus. All event descriptions, locations and times will all be posted on the home page master calendar.

Are you ready to encounter this new program?


General Speaker Series is our bi-semester event in which famous Catholic speakers from across the nation and world come to campus and offer an extended talk on a wide range of topics which pertain to Catholicism. These events are an excellent opportunity for students of any faithbackground or worldview to listen to fascinating and intellectual lectures about Catholicism.