Read the untold story of St. Catherine’s beloved 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, professor emerita Mary Ann Brenden presents the story of how Mother Antonia McHugh, St. Kate’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 brings her legacy — and our beautiful chapel — to life.


  • 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 a former associate professor of social work. (She retired in spring 2017, after teaching at St. Catherine University for 35 years.) She earned her B.S. at Cornell University and M.S.W from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    In addition to 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 is a recognized leader — at St. Kate's and among social work educators nationally — for her work on integrating Catholic Social Teaching into the 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. In 2009, she received the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Social Justice Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter.

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