Our Lady of Victory Chapel

View of the chapel during the day.

Our Lady of Victory Chapel

Structurally imposing and architecturally stunning, Our Lady of Victory Chapel is an integral part of St. Catherine University. Inspired by St. Trophime at Arles in Provence, France, the Chapel has a rich history, offers sacred ritual and serves as cherished space for reflection and prayer.

She opens her doors and invites St. Kate’s students, faculty, staff and neighbors to share in the Liturgy of the Mass every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. She opens her arms to those who wish to celebrate in ways both secular and religious — as well as to those who need to grieve, to weep and to heal.

The Chapel serves as a touchstone for graduates who have come before and the graduates who are yet to come as each receives a hood during the Commencement celebration, signifying discipline, academic achievement and community.

Whatever the occasion, Our Lady of Victory speaks to the heart and spirit in each of us. Among the events traditionally held in the Chapel during the academic year are the faculty/staff awards ceremony, concerts for the Women’s Choir, the Doctor of Physical Therapy White Coat and Pledge Ceremony, and the Social Work Initiation Ritual.

In addition to the Sunday Liturgy, religious celebrations include prayer vigils for people in the community, Advent Vespers, Christmas Eve Mass and the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil).

The Chapel was completed in 1924 under the direction of Sister Antonia McHugh, who helped found St. Catherine in 1905 and served as its leader for more than 30 years. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Chapel’s richly decorated entrance provides vivid stone friezes depicting Christ, his 12 Apostles and St. Catherine of Alexandria, the college's patron saint. Inside the church, Christ the King appears in a stained-glass panel behind the altar. Symbols of Christianity and the humanities decorate the walls in ornate tile designs throughout the Chapel.

Chapel Facts

  • Dedication: October 7, 1924, by the Most Reverend Austin Dowling, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, on the Feast of Mary, Our Lady of Victory.
  • Rededication following renovation: May 1, 1958, by the Most Reverend William Brady, Archbishop of Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
  • Architect: H.A. Sullwood
  • Barrel Vault Ceiling Height: 126 feet
  • Newest Addition: An organ dedicated in 1991 to Sister Mary Davida Wood, professor emerita of music.

Wedding information

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