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.

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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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Adé Bethune Lecture Series: Rebecca M. Berru-Davis and Katharine E. Harmon, October 9, 6:30 PM

Thursday, October 9
6:30 PM
Visual Arts Building lecture hall

This is the second in a series of lectures commemorating the centennial of liturgical artist, writer, and social activist Adé Bethune (1914-2002). Rebecca M. Berru-Davis and Katharine E. Harmon will each discuss different aspects of Bethune’s life and artistic legacy.

"Liturgical Design, Art, and Community: Adé Bethune’s Evolving Mission to Transform Church Space" 

Rebecca Berru-Davis
Rebecca Berru-Davis, Ph.D.
Rebecca M. Berru–Davis, Ph.D., will examine the ways in which Bethune’s liturgical design projects reflected her vision of church, enhanced the experience of worship for the faithful, and coalesced to shape the larger Liturgical Movement.

Berru-Davis is currently the Louisville Institute Vocation of the Theological Educator Postdoctoral Fellow at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. She earned her doctorate in the area of Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her ongoing research is focused primarily on women’s art created in places such as home and church and as far-reaching as the shantytowns of Lima, Peru, evidenced by the exhibit she curated called Picturing Paradise

"Work and Worship: Adé Bethune and the American Liturgical Movement"

Katharine E. Harmon, Ph.D., will discuss Adé Bethune’s contribution to and leadership in liturgical renewal in the United States in the years prior to the Second Vatican Council. Harmon will highlight how Bethune’s advocacy for the arts intersected with the liturgical movement’s goal of uniting the intelligent, active participation of the lay faithful with worship in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Katharine E. Harmon
Katharine E. Harmon, Ph.D.
Harmon is a currently a lecturer in Theology at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. She earned her doctorate in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy. She is the author of There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-59.

The lectures are presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person" at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery through December 19, 2014. The exhibition draws from items in the University's Adé Bethune Collection and each speaker has used the Collection for their research.

Co–sponsors of the lecture series are: the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province; Alumnae Council Lifelong Learning Committee and Friends of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.

For more information about the exhibition and lecture series see

Friday, October 3, 2014

Adé Bethune Exhibit Part of Fall Art Tour

This Saturday October 4th the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) is sponsoring the 11th Annual Fall Art Tour. The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Kate’s will be one of ten stops on the tour. Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person, an exhibit featuring the works of renowned liturgical artist and social activist Adé Bethune, is currently on view in the east wing of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery; Near and Far Contemporary Landscape Paintings is on view in the west gallery. Participating galleries will offer guided tours, refreshments and live music.

For more information on the Fall Art Tour, visit:

For more information on Adé Bethune: The Power of One Person, visit: