New gift for Chapel preservation brings Campaign closer to goal

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Joanne Mullen, chapel donor

President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76 announced today that alumna Joanne Jirik Mullen ’83 and Brian E. Mullen have made a leadership-level commitment of $1.5 million toward the protection and preservation of Our Lady of Victory Chapel as part of LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.

“We are so very grateful to Joanne and Brian for their generosity to this special place on our campus,” said Roloff. “This important gift will make such a difference for all who find their way to gather at the Chapel, whether to celebrate as a learning community or to practice the customs of their faith community.” 

The gift is a major step forward toward the University’s goal to restore and update Our Lady of Victory Chapel, which opened in 1924. In addition to being the spiritual heart of campus — with celebrations of Sunday and holy-day Masses, weddings and funerals, and other religious services — the Chapel hosts secular events of many types. Our Lady of Victory also is the venue in which the St. Kate’s community marks many of its most meaningful moments, including opening convocation and commencement. For many, it is the soul of St. Catherine University.

“Brian and I are pleased to be able to make this gift to Our Lady of Victory Chapel, a place that is central to our life, to those of my sisters, and to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,” said Joanne Mullen. “They were and are fundamental to our faith formation and life.”

This generous gift from the Mullens is deeply impactful in reinforcing Our Lady of Victory as an enduring place of grace and meaning. The University is renewing its commitment to preserve and update the Chapel, ensuring it remains a core aspect of the St. Catherine University experience for generations to come. 

St. Catherine University thanks the Mullens and other donors willing to invest in improving St. Kate’s historic Chapel for our future community members.