Friend of the University makes leadership gift to Our Lady Of Victory Chapel Restoration

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Our Lady of Victory Chapel

The generosity of this gift will advance the Chapel preservation project, including window replacement, pew restoration, and repairs to the roof, front steps, ceiling, and electrical systems.

President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ‘76 announced today that an anonymous friend of the University has made a leadership-level gift toward Our Lady of Victory Chapel as part of LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence. 

The generosity of this gift will advance the Chapel preservation project, including window replacement, pew restoration, and repairs to the roof, front steps, ceiling, and electrical systems —all key components of the structure that need to be updated in order to protect the future of this beloved building. The Chapel was closed to the public this winter with the installation of a temporary wall to cordon off the work area, and historic replacement windows are being manufactured in Italy with an install date of late spring/early summer. 

Built on the second highest hill in Saint Paul, Our Lady of Victory Chapel was originally dedicated October 7, 1924. The chapel, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is not only an architectural gem, but also an icon of the St. Catherine University experience. All construction work will be complete in time for the Chapel’s centennial, which will be celebrated in October 2024. 

The extraordinary generosity of our St. Catherine community in support of the Chapel speaks volumes about the impact of this monument on the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and the extended worship community. Thanks to the generosity of this gift—as well as the dedication of all our campaign donors—Our Lady of Victory Chapel will continue to offer solace, inspiration, and community for years to come.