ABOVE LEFT: ANNE JOACHIM MOORE, CSJ, ’37, ’47, MAT’01, EdD (1916–2010) PRESIDENT OF ST. MARY’S JUNIOR COLLEGE, BREAKS GROUND CIRCA 1976 FOR THE EDUCATION BUILDING. ABOVE RIGHT: AN ICONIC VIEW OF OLD MAIN, WHICH HOUSED CLASSROOMS, OFFICES, STUDENT RESIDENCES, AND RESOURCES.
Minneapolis Campus Enters Its Next Phase BY MICHELLE MULLOWNEY ’17 For more than a century, St. Catherine University’s Minneapolis campus has been a nexus of healing, education, and community. Through its iterations as a hospital, a school of nursing, college, and finally the official Minneapolis arm of the University, this piece of land has been integral to the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and St. Catherine University for women’s educational access and healthcare career programs. Now, it enters its next phase of caring for the dear neighbor, led by Fairview Health Services. In 1887, Archbishop John Ireland invited the order to assume direction of St. Mary’s Hospital. The CSJs and other faculty and staff developed healthcare programming at the adjacent St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing, which became St. Mary’s Junior College in 1964. In 1986, the hospital merged with Fairview Health Services; the junior college became the College of St. Catherine’s Minneapolis campus. The Sisters gifted the campus to the University in 2017, and in 2019 Fairview Health Services purchased the land from the University. The generosity of the Sisters, renowned for their forward thinking, is an investment in St. Catherine students, faculty, staff, and women leaders of today and tomorrow.
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Just as St. Kate’s healthcare history is interwoven with that of Fairview, memories of decades of CSJs, students, faculty, staff, and patients in this space live on with the new ownership of our longstanding partner, and the commitment to education, healing, and well-being of our communities shared by Fairview and St. Catherine University. The last of the Minneapolis academic programs and offices completed the move to the St. Paul campus in summer 2020, and we now join in reflection with the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and Sisters who were fortunate enough to study, live, work, and teach in its classrooms, offices, and halls. The beautiful simplicity of the stained-glass windows, the iconic stone steps outside the entrance, and the park where seasonal changes mirrored the passage of each semester are all hallmarks through decades of healthcare education and community work. For the legacy they have built and their enduring gift, which positions the University for a strong, prosperous future, we are deeply grateful to the CSJs.
Read more about the Minneapolis campus’ history and celebration at stkate.edu/minneapolis.