New gift gives a major boost to Chapel restoration, fundraising goal

Teresa Radzinski (left) and Our Lady of Victory Chapel (right)

President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ’76 announced today that alumna and trustee Teresa Rolling Radzinski ’86 has made a leadership-level commitment of $1 million toward the preservation and renovation of Our Lady of Victory Chapel as part of LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.

“This is an extraordinarily generous contribution to our effort to bring Our Lady of Victory Chapel back to its full grandeur as we approach its 100th birthday,” said Roloff. “Teresa’s philanthropic nature reflects her immense Katie spirit, her dedication, and the thoughtfulness she brings to all of her activities at St. Kate’s.”

The gift is significant to the $5 million fundraising goal focused on the preservation and restoration of the Chapel ahead of its 2024 centennial.

"The Chapel is special to many within the St. Kate’s community and others. My husband and I were married there. Regardless of your religion, it is a beautiful space of both power and peace," said Radzinski. "So, when I heard about the specific needs of the restoration effort, I knew I wanted to be part of the Chapel legacy. This is an opportunity for me to make the University even stronger."

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.

Radzinski has built a distinguished career in the financial services industry and has served on the University's Board of Trustees since 2018.  In addition, she is a co-chair of the campaign cabinet for the Next Level of Excellence campaign. She has a passion for St. Kate’s career development activities and the University’s focus on helping students discover their strengths and understand career options early in their college years. As a result, she established the Teresa Rolling Radzinski Vice President of Career and Professional Development position earlier in the campaign. In 2019, May Thao-Schuck became the inaugural holder of that position.

Radzinski creates challenge funds for the University’s Katie Fund, which models great alumni philanthropic practice and also motivates other Katies to maximize their support. She lives the mission of Katies who lead and influence.