Monday, November 19, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Our Lady of Victory Chapel
Join the University community for a celebration of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of students, philosophers, and scholars.
6:30 p.m. Unity prayer gathering and reflection, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
7:30 p.m. Tree lighting ceremony and refreshments, Chapel patio
Please RSVP online by November 9.
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.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria was a fourth-century Alexandrian noblewoman and scholar who suffered martyrdom for her faith.
A well-educated young woman known for her eloquent defenses of Christianity, St. Catherine piqued the interest of Roman emperor Maxentius. The emperor sent his best scholars to debate her, but St. Catherine was so articulate in her arguments that she converted many of the emperor’s scholars to Christianity.
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.