Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Week in St. Kate's History

On October 27, 1939, St. Kate’s newspaper, The Wheel, published an article about an emerging liturgical artist named Adé Bethune.  Bethune paid her first visit to St. Kate’s campus as part of the third annual Catholic Art Association convention on October 21, 1939. As noted in the article, Bethune delivered a lecture entitled “Personalism and the Industrial Counter-Revolution,” in which she stressed the value of hand-made items over mass produced pieces.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Bethune’s first visit to St. Kate’s. While at the College of St. Catherine, Bethune developed friendships with several of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who were later instrumental in persuading Bethune to deposit her writings, artwork and other personal belongings in the archives at St. Kate's. In recognition of this connection, many of Bethune's works are currently on display at the Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in the CSJ Carondelet Center (through November 10). This is in addition to the exhibition at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery on the St. Paul campus (through December 19).

To read the article about Adé Bethune's visit and the Catholic Art Association convention in its entirety, go to  St. Kate's Archives website and click on St. Kate’s Publications.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Library director or Ms. Marvel?

You may or may not know that we have a new library director, Emily Asch. She's been working in the St. Kate's Library for many years as the Head of Technical Services, but in August we were delighted when she stepped into the Director of Libraries, Archives, and Media position. Within Emily's first couple of months we've already seen great changes in the library and we're looking forward to the future.

Another thing you should know about Emily is that she has a great sense of humor. Just look at this photo of her from last week:

Is that our library director or Ms. Marvel?

(P.S. We ordered a couple copies of Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim superhero to headline her own comic, so you'll have to check it out when it gets here.)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adé Bethune Exhibit at Wisdom Ways

Second Station of the Cross by Adé Bethune
 An exhibit of Adé Bethune’s works will be on view at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality through November 10, 2014. In conjunction with the exhibit, Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person (on view at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery through December 19th), this exhibit features items from St. Catherine University’s Adé Bethune Collection. 

Bethune was an important figure in the American Liturgical Movement. Items on display include her Works of Mercy, Stations of the Cross, and several stories she created for  Treasure Chest, a Catholic comic book created for young people. In addition to demonstrating Bethune’s depth and breadth as an artist, the artworks in the exhibit highlight her commitment to various aspects of liturgical reform.

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is located in the Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.

For more information, visit:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friends Fall Gathering with Laurie Hertzel, Nov 6

Save the date! The Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries Fall Gathering will be on November 6, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This year's event features Laurie Hertzel, the Senior Editor/Books from the Star Tribune, whose presentation is titled "In Praise of Libraries," (so you know it's going to be good). There will also be plenty of time for questions.

Friends Fall Gathering
November 6, 2014, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine

  • 6:30-7 Social Half Hour
  • 7-8 "In Praise of Libraries" by Laurie Hertzel

This event is free and open to all, so we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Archives Scrapbook Collection

A page from Angela Russell's scrapbook (1910).
The October display highlights the archives scrapbook collection. It consists of a selection of scrapbooks compiled by former students during their time on campus. The scrapbooks provide a record of student life from the early period of St. Kate’s history (1907-1927). They contain photographs, writings and a broad range of ephemera such as news clippings, playbills, pressed flowers, dance cards, party favors, autographs and inscriptions of fellow classmates.

Elizabeth Casey’s scrapbook from 1916 is an example of how this medium functioned as a predecessor to the yearbooks that later became popular. (The first yearbook was not published at St. Kate's until 1919). Casey's scrapbook contains photos she clipped of each of her classmates. Each photo is captioned with a quote that conveyed something about the student’s personality. For example, she invoked the words of French writer François de la Rochefoucauld, to describe a fellow classmate, “Nothing is rarer than real goodness.”

In addition to revealing aspects of student's personalities, the scrapbooks also document fashions of the time. Angela Russell’s scrapbook from 1910 shows her and her fellow classmates dressed in wide-brimmed hats and long dresses with corsets that were popular during that era, with a caption that reads, “Yes we’re ready!” 

The scrapbook collection will be on display during the month of October on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video carrels.

Monday, October 20, 2014

APA Workshop for St. Kate's Graduate Students on November 8

Registration is now open for "APA: A la carte," and APA workshop for graduate students to be held Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Coeur de Catherine lower level (downstairs from the library).

Presented by St. Kate's librarians, topics will include writing tips, formatting, and citing sources in APA style, and strategies to avoid plagiarism.  An optional hour-long RefWorks workshop will follow at 12:30 in Library 110.

This is not an introductory APA workshop; familiarity with APA guidelines is assumed. Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate's graduate program is invited to attend. Registration is required.  Participation is on a first-come, first serve basis. A link to the workshop registration form is available at

Questions?  Contact Sue Gray ( or Kathi Rickert (

Friday, October 17, 2014

Adé Bethune Lecture Series: Rebecca Berru-Davis & Katharine E. Harmon

Last week, Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis and Dr. Katharine E. Harmon delivered lectures as part of the Adé Bethune lecture series. They both discussed Bethune's role in the liturgical movement.

Instructions for an wheel calendar designed and sold by Bethune.
Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis credits Bethune with making liturgical reform understandable and accessible to church-goers. According to Dr. Berru-Davis, one of Bethune’s chief tenets was that “liturgy, like art, resided in the community.” For this reason, she believed that the community should actively participate in the creation of their worship spaces. Berru-Davis discussed several examples of this from Bethune’s work as a liturgical designer, including her commissions at the Church of St. Paulinus in Clairton, PA and San Joachín in Bacalar, Mexico.

Dr. Katharine E. Harmon also discussed Bethune's penchant for getting the community involved in the creation of art works. She noted that for Bethune “…everyone was an artist. Therefore, everyone had a place in the creation of art, even amateurs.”

One of the primary goals of liturgical reform was the promotion of intelligent participation in the liturgy. Harmon suggested that the idea of promoting participation in the liturgy was not confined to the church but extended to all aspects of life, including the home. According to Harmon, items Bethune created and sold via her mail order catalog, the St. Leo Shop, such as advent calendars, encouraged active participation in the liturgy as well as social and familial interaction. In this way, Bethune’s legacy is unique because her work engaged people in the liturgy in different contexts -- both in church and at home.