Read the untold story of St. Catherine's beloved Our Lady of Victory Chapel.

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  • about the book

    this is a story about monument, mystery and mission.

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chapel has always been a sacred space of transcendence for members of the St. Catherine community.

    In Our Lady of Victory: Monument, Mystery, Mission, Mary Ann Brenden presents the story of how Mother Antonia McHugh, St. Catherine’s first president, transported the design of a Medieval French cathedral to a chapel on the campus of her fledgling women’s college in 1924.

    Illustrated with rich and lavish photos, this book delves into the historic roots of this beautiful chapel and the legacy bestowed by Antonia McHugh, CSJ, an architect of mission and a woman of vision.


  • about the author

    meet Mary Ann Brenden

    Chapel scholar and sleuth Mary Ann Brenden is a consociate member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, and an associate professor at St. Catherine University, where she has been teaching for 35 years. She earned her B.S. at Cornell University and her MSW from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Besides the history of Our Lady of Victory Chapel, her teaching and research interests focus on social policy, history and philosophy of social work and social justice. She has been recognized as a leader at St. Catherine and among social work educators nationally for her work on the integration of Catholic Social Teaching into curriculum.

    Mary Ann has earned numerous University awards, including the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award, the Myser Award for Teaching Excellence and the Faculty of the Year Award. She received the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Social Justice Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter, in 2009.

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Whatever the occasion, Our Lady of Victory speaks to the heart and spirit in each of us. Visit the Chapel in person for Sunday Mass or daily prayer and reflection—or reserve it for your wedding or special event.

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