Feast of Saint Catherine

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Each fall, the University community celebrates the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to join us in prayer in Our Lady of Victory Chapel, followed by hot cocoa and cookies in the Derham Parlor.

All event photos by Rebecca Zenefski Slater '10 / By Rebecca Studios.


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

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.

Feast of Saint Catherine Reading List

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

Fiction and Poetry