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.

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