Feast of Saint Catherine

Monday, November 22, 2021

We are excited to welcome the community to campus once again to honor our University's namesake. Join us in celebration of the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars.

All are welcome:

6:30 p.m. — Evening Prayer, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
The prayer service will be live-streamed via Zoom. RSVP to receive the access link via email.

Evening Prayer Zoom Webinar Link

7:30 p.m. — Hot cocoa and cookies, Derham Parlor

RSVP now

RSVP by Friday, November 12.

ASL interpreting will be provided at the prayer service. Email uevents@stkate.edu with questions or accommodation requests.


  • Parking is available in the Dew Drop and Library lots located behind Coeur de Catherine. Campus map
  • Parking permits are not required for this event.
COVID-19 Precautions
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Face masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status, and social distancing is encouraged.
St. Catherine of Alexandria and her Sisters, 2006

St. Catherine of Alexandria and her Sisters
2006, Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ ’62, gouache, water-based tempera paint.
Anonymous gift to the College of St. Catherine libraries.

About Saint Catherine

In the Catholic tradition, Saint Catherine of Alexandria was a fourth-century Alexandrian noblewoman, Christian, and scholar. She suffered martyrdom for her faith after defeating the Roman emperor Maxentius in debate.

Historically, St. Catherine is in fact a composite of several women of Alexandria who defied Roman authority and were punished for their faith. In venerating the figure of St. Catherine, we honor these extraordinary women.

Today St. Catherine serves as the patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars. For this reason, she was chosen by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as the namesake of our University.

Read more of the story and history of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in the Catholic tradition by Jane Lamm Carroll '80, PhD, with Sharon Doherty, PhD.

Download a printable Saint Catherine card

Feast of Saint Catherine Reading List

All books are available through the St. Catherine University Library.

Fiction and Poetry