From Mother Antonia's Travel Diary

From Mother Antonia's Travel Diary

Excerpts from Mother Antonia's Travel Diary.

Did you know Mother Antonia, St. Kate’s first president, was an intrepid traveler who roamed the world in search of education and new experiences?

As a young girl, she accompanied her father on business trips across the frontier. And by the 1900s, she brought the travel bug with her to St. Kate’s. Here are excerpts from her European travel diary:

21 June, 1922
Landed at 8:00. First ride in the French RR. Beautiful car. Trip to Paris delightful — poppy fields — old houses — wonderful trees every where...

June 24, Paris
Notre Dame — spent the afternoon studying the architecture and museum exhibits. Relics principally of Napoleonic times...

June 25, Paris
High Mass in Notre Dame. Beautiful chanting... Heard Dupre play the great organ. Dinner at the Continental...

July 17, Lourdes
Prayed in the spot where Bernadette [witnessed] Our Lady...

July 28, Rome
Visited Vatican Library.

August 7, Venice
Place of the Doge. Paintings mostly by Tintorreto. Assembly Room.

Want to read more? See the diary in person or read the many letters she wrote while traveling at St. Kate's Archives.


Wherever you go, bring Mother Antonia along. Post your photos on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WheresAntonia. Or email them to us:

Pick up the summer 2017 issue of St. Catherine University Magazine for your traveling Mother!

Copies are available at Coeur de Catherine Info Desk and Old Main in Minneapolis.

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