Derham Hall and Our Lady of Victory Chapel, College of Saint Catherine

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Derham Hall and Our Lady of Victory Chapel, St. Catherine University
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Derham Hall and Our Lady of Victory Chapel, College of Saint Catherine is located in Minnesota
Derham Hall and Our Lady of Victory Chapel, College of Saint Catherine
Location 2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°55′32″N 93°11′3.5″W / 44.92556°N 93.184306°W / 44.92556; -93.184306Coordinates: 44°55′32″N 93°11′3.5″W / 44.92556°N 93.184306°W / 44.92556; -93.184306
Built 1903
Architect Wheeler,John H.; Sullwold,Herbert A.
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85003423[1]
Added to NRHP October 31, 1985

Derham Hall and Our Lady of Victory Chapel are administrative and religious buildings, respectively, at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States.[2]

Derham Hall is the first building on St. Catherine University, formerly known as the College of St. Catherine. It was named for Hugh Derham of Rosemount, Minnesota, who donated $20,000 to construct the building. Derhamn Hall originally housed Derham Hall High School, an all-girls Catholic high school, until 1962; that school later merged to become Cretin-Derham Hall High School in 1987.[3]

Derham Hall

Derham Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with Our Lady of Victory Chapel, in 1986.[4]

Our Lady of Victory Chapel was completed in 1924, under the direction of Mother Antonia McHugh, who helped found St. Catherine in 1905 and served as its leader for more than 30 years. The Chapel was dedicated on October 7, 1924, and rededicated following renovation on May 1, 1958. It was designed by H.A. Sullwold in the Romanesque style and influenced by the Church of St. Trophime in Arles, Provence, France.

The entrance features friezes depicting Christ, the Twelve Apostles and the University's patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria. The statues of the saints are a kind of Who’s Who of St. Catherine University (also known as St. Kate's) circa 1924.[4] St. Anthony of Padua is there to evoke Mother Antonia herself; the image of St. Augustine of Canterbury honors Austin Dowling, the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1924. St. Joseph is present in his role as patron of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and St. John recalls the great John Ireland, the archbishop presiding when St. Kate's was first conceived. St. Teresa of Avila is there because the Sisters of St. Joseph, founders of St. Kate's, became a congregation on her feast day. Thérèse of Lisieux is on the portal because Mother Antonia was passionate about the cause of her canonization. (Thérèse became a saint just a year after the Chapel was completed.)

The stained-glass panel behind the altar depicts Christ the King. The ornate tile designs throughout the Chapel reflect symbols of Christianity and the humanities. The barrel vault ceiling reaches a height of 126 feet (38 m).[5][6]

Our Lady of Victory offers sacred liturgy and a place for reflection and prayer. In addition to St. Catherine University's Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit and Baccalaureate liturgy and hooding ceremony, annual events include Advent Vespers, major feast celebrations, and initiation rituals for social work, physical therapy and nursing students.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3. 
  3. ^ Derham Hall, St. Catherine University Library, Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "The Spirit of Our Lady", "SCAN," October 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Our Lady Of Victory Chapel History, St. Catherine University, Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "Our Lady of Victory Chapel". St. Catherine University. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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