Thank you for your generosity.
Every day at St. Catherine University, we have the unique opportunity to do work that touches lives and impacts our community and world. It is an amazing endeavor, and one that we are blessed to do with the support of donors like you who are deeply committed to our mission of educating women to lead and influence.
Brighter Futures for Student Parents and Their Children
The number of undergraduate students who are also parents is growing nationally, and these students currently represent 20 percent of St. Catherine University’s total undergraduate student population. Because of our generous donors, St. Kate’s Access and Success program has supported students raising children — regardless of degree level, marital status, age or economic status — from navigating childcare, to finances, to transportation and safety. But we also know that younger mothers ages 18–24 are at even greater risk of not completing their degrees. To address this, Access and Success launched “Keys to Success” in 2009, an early-intervention program to identify young moms among our student population and provide them with a high level of sustained support so they can graduate and pursue careers with better financial stability — increasing the economic mobility of their entire families.
Thank you, donors, for allowing us to continue to serve our student parents and ensure they can unlock a better future.
Living Our Catholic Identity
This past fall we welcomed Sharon M. Howell, CSJ to the St. Catherine University community as the director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice, the Archbishop Harry Flynn Endowed Chair in Catholic Identity, and director of the Myser Initiative. In her new role, Sister Sharon will promote the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, engage the campus community in our Catholic identity, and share her passion for working as a student affairs professional and church administrator within St. Kate’s. Through the Myser Initiative, she will continue the great work of integrating the Church's intellectual tradition with Catholic Social Teaching through workshops, retreats, an annual lecture series, and more to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to learn, connect, and reflect on Catholic identity.
As a community, we celebrated the Feast of St. Catherine, honoring our patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars and the University’s namesake. In the spring, we celebrated the return of an annual celebration — the Feast of St. Joseph — in honor of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.