Our Lady of Victory Chapel

Welcoming those of all faiths, the Chapel is our most cherished space for sacred ritual, prayer, and reflection.

Chapel Restoration has begun!

We are very excited to announce that the restoration for the Chapel has started. Now through fall 2024, the Chapel will be unavailable for public events. This schedule was set with the intention of celebrating the 100-year birthday on October 7, 2024.

More information, restoration schedule, and support opportunities

Mass Times

During restoration, Mass will be celebrated in Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium in Whitby (building #14 on the campus map).

10:30 a.m. Sundays

  • Face masks are optional.
  • Communion is received via hand.
  • Mass will be live-streamed for those attending virtually: Access Zoom link.
  • Our weekly Worship Aid is available online.

Advent Taizé

A service of prayer, song, and contemplation by candlelight.

Held in the North Sacristy, off of Our Lady of Victory Chapel. (building #2 on the campus map)

7-7:30 p.m. - Tuesdays in Advent

December 5-19

Questions? Reach out for questions and more information to Katie Jonza, Liturgist, CSSJ at kejonza940@stkate.edu.

Christmas Eve Mass

Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium in Whitby (building #14 on the campus map).

4:30 p.m. – Carols and Lessons
5 p.m. – Mass

  • Face masks are optional.
  • Communion is received via hand.
  • Mass will be live-streamed for those attending virtually: Access Zoom link.

Magnificat - A St. Catherine University Christmas Concert

Concert to be held in Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium in Whitby (building #14 on the campus map).

December 8th - 7:30 p.m.

  • Open to all ages
  • Free for all, but accepting donations to help the St. Kate's/CSJ Food Access Hub.
  • Kick off the holiday season with festive music at this candlelit evening. 
  • Cocoa and Cookie reception to follow the concert! 

Inspiring. Comforting.

Architecturally stunning and structurally imposing, Our Lady of Victory Chapel is an integral part of St. Catherine University. Inspired by St. Trophime at Arles in Provence, France, the Chapel has a rich history and serves as cherished space for reflection and prayer.

"She opens her doors and invites St. Kate’s students, faculty, staff and neighbors to share in the liturgy every Sunday. She opens her arms to those who wish to celebrate in ways both secular and religious — as well as to those who need to grieve, to weep and to heal."

view of Our Lady of Victory Chapel from the back, facing the Rose Window over the pews

Inspiring. Comforting

Campus Community Landmark

The Chapel serves as a touchstone for graduates who have come before and the graduates who are yet to come as each receives a hood during the Commencement celebration, signifying discipline, academic achievement and community.

Whatever the occasion, Our Lady of Victory speaks to the heart and spirit in each of us. Among the events traditionally held in the Chapel during the academic year are the University and Chapel Choir concerts, the Antonian Honors Pinning Ceremony, faculty/staff awards ceremony, the Doctor of Physical Therapy White Coat and Pledge Ceremony, Feast of St. Catherine and many more.

In addition to Sunday Liturgy, now being held in Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium during the restoration, religious celebrations include prayer vigils for those in the community, Advent and Lenten Taizé. Christmas Eve Mass and Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday).

For volunteer and travel opportunities and to stay more up to date with offerings happening including the Chapel, please visit the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice.

A Rich History

The Chapel's richly decorated entrance provides vivid stone friezes depicting Christ, his 12 Apostles and St. Catherine of Alexandria, the college's patron saint. Inside the church, Christ the King appears in a stained-glass panel behind the altar. Symbols of Christianity and the humanities decorate the walls in ornate tile designs throughout the Chapel. The Chapel was completed in 1924 under the direction of Sister Antonia McHugh, who helped found St. Catherine in 1905 and served as its leader for more than 30 years. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Dedicated on October 7, 1924, by the Most Reverend Austin Dowling, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, on the Feast of Mary, Our Lady of Victory
  • Rededication following renovation: May 1, 1958, by the Most Reverend William Brady, Archbishop of Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Architect: H.A. Sullwood
  • Barrel Vault Ceiling Height: 126 feet
  • Newest Addition: An organ dedicated in 1991 to Sister Mary Davida Wood, professor emerita of music

Order a book about the Chapel's history