Our pastor Fr. Brian D. Konopa (KAH-nah-pah) was born and raised in Wisconsin
Rapids, the oldest of three children. His parents, Wally and Joan, both grew up
on farms and continue to live in Wisconsin Rapids. His brother's
family lives in Waukesha (near Milwaukee) and his sister's family lives in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Fr. Konopa has seven nieces and nephews and enjoys being their uncle.
Fr. Konopa was ordained June 27, 1998.
The first five years of his priesthood were spent teaching at
Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield.
From 2003 to 2006 he was pastor of three rural parishes along the Sparta-Elroy bike trail: Elroy
(St. Patrick), Kendall (St. Joseph) and Wilton (St. John the Baptist).
Before coming to MMOC in July 2014, Fr. Konopa was pastor of
St. Olaf Parish in Eau Claire for eight years. He also served there as pastoral dean of
Regis Catholic Schools.
Describing himself as "a little bit old school," he prefers to be called Fr. Konopa rather than by his first name.