Feast of Saint Catherine Celebration

Monday, November 25, 2019

Join the University community for a celebration of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars.

Trees in the Chapel and on campus will be illuminated as we pay homage to our namesake. Campus lights are made possible by Alfred Smith in memory of Lucille Smith ’52.

6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Our Lady of Victory Chapel

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

Please RSVP online by November 18

About Saint Catherine

In the Catholic tradition, Saint Catherine of Alexandria was a fourth-century Alexandrian noblewoman 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 Christian 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.

By Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ ’62

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.