Pancake Breakfast & Fall Festival

Pancake Breakfast/Fall FestivalJoin Our Fall Festival of Fun!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


St. Joseph Center
1501 S. Layton Blvd.
(Greenfield Ave @ S. 27th St.)
Milwaukee, WI

For nearly half a century, the School Sisters of St. Francis’ Pancake Breakfast & Fall Festival has been a beloved autumn tradition on Milwaukee’s south side! The fun starts with all-you-can-eat pancakes and continues with mouth-watering homemade bakery (including Milwaukee’s favorite apricot-filled cookies!), dozens of silent auction baskets, great holiday gift ideas in our craft and import room, live music, a wine and craft beer pull, and the chance to win big money in our 50/50 raffle!

How to Find Us

St. Joseph Center is located at the corner of Greenfield Avenue and Layton Boulevard (27th Street) on Milwaukee’s south side, just two minutes from the Mitchell Park Domes. You may park in the St. Joseph Center lot at 29th Street and Orchard Street (one block south of Greenfield Ave.)


Pancake Breakfast

Served in the kitchen from 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

pancakesTickets for breakfast can be purchased in the first-floor lobby of St. Joseph Center. Prices are:

Adults: $8.00

Children ages 5-10: $5.00

Children 4 and under: FREE

Your Pancake Breakfast ticket includes

  • All-you-can-eat pancakes (sugar-free syrup is available)
  • 3 sausages
  • Applesauce
  • Your choice of beverage: orange juice, milk, or coffee (regular or decaf)


Sloppy Joe Meal (Lunch)

Served in the kitchen from 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Tickets for the Sloppy Joe lunch can be purchased in the first-floor lobby of St. Joseph Center. Price is $6 (all ages). Your meal includes the sandwich, a pickle spear, chips and a soda.

St. Joseph Chapel by Thuy Tran


Mass in St. Joseph Chapel – 9:00 a.m.

All are welcome to join the sisters for Mass in our landmark, century-old St. Joseph Chapel. One of our sisters will lead a guided tour of the Chapel immediately following Mass and again at 12:00 noon.

Who Benefits?

Children with physical needs at Assisi Special School in India Tias and Babies at Hogares Elderly and disabled women at Asha Bhavan in India Elderly sister at St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thousands of the people served by our sisters around the world will benefit from the Pancake Breakfast & Fall Festival. Here are just a few examples of what you make possible by your participation in this fundraiser:

  • Children with physical and cognitive disabilities in India receive educational and vocational opportunities offered nowhere else in their community.
  • Families in Peru receive education, religious instruction, and pastoral care from our sisters, and even receive filters to make contaminated urban water clean and drinkable.
  • Orphaned children in Guatemala receive a home, food, clothing, educational and vocational training, and care in a loving, home-like environment.
  • Elderly and disabled women in India, abandoned by their families, receive all of life’s necessities and loving care from our sisters.
  • Our elderly sisters, retired after many decades of service to others, receive the assurance of a lifetime of medical and pastoral care, access to the sacraments, and spiritual and pastoral support within the loving community of their sisters.

How Can I Help?

For information about sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation, contact Deb Ruesch at or 414-385-5221.

Wine Pull - $20 
Pull a cork at our Wine Pull game and win a bottle or two.

Balloon Pop - $25
Pop a balloon to win a surprise item valued between $25 - $100.

Craft Beer Pull - $20
Grab a bottle cap at our Craft Beer Pull game to win a six pack up to a full case of craft beer! Thanks to our game sponsor, MillerCoors.

Come to the San Damiano Room at the end of the first-floor hallway in Maria Linden for our famous homemade cookies, breads, pies, coffee cakes, brownies, jam and more!

50/50 Raffle
Stop by the second-floor lobby or find a friendly ticket-seller throughout the building to purchase your raffle tickets. Proceeds will be split evenly between the winner and the School Sisters of St. Francis. Buy one ticket for $5 or three tickets for $10.

Crafts, Imports and Gifts
Visit St. Joseph Hall on the second floor for a variety of seasonal and handmade crafts and gifts. Imports come from Europe, India and Latin America.

Live Music—Vern and the Originals
From beer gardens and parish festivals to the Wisconsin State Fair, Vern and the Originals have been a Milwaukee area staple for decades. Enjoy their polka and sing-along favorites in the second-floor lobby from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Alfons Gallery and Cultural Shop
Located in the second floor of St. Joseph Center, Alfons Gallery is currently displaying “Fragile Illusions: Fusing the Senses,” an exhibit by award-winning Wisconsin artist Robin Jebavy. Featuring large-scale, contemporary paintings and mixed media works, this exhibit uses ordinary household glassware images to explore our fragile human condition.