ADÉ BETHUNE: The Power of One Person

October 21-November 10, 2014

"To seek after beauty as an end, is a wild goose chase, a will-o'-the-wisp, because it is to misunderstand the very nature of beauty, which is the normal condition of a thing being as it should be."

Adé Bethune, in Judith Stoughton, Proud Donkey of Schaerbeek (1988)


Drawing from items in St. Catherine University's Adé Bethune Collection, this exhibition commemorates the centennial of the artist, writer, and activist.  From her early association with the Catholic Worker, Bethune went on to become a pioneering liturgical artist as well as a driving force for social justice and community change.  The exhibition will highlight her contributions to art, especially liturgical art, and social action initiatives. 

This exhibit can be viewed on the ground level of the Carondelet Center during regular business hours, Monday-Friday and weekends from October 21 to November 10. 

 This exhibit has ended. Visit the Adé Bethune Collection for more information.


 This exhibit is from a larger exhibition and lecture series at St. Catherine University Catherine G. Murphy Gallery from September 8 to December 19, co-sponsored by 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.


About the Artist: Adé Bethune was born in Belgium in January 1914.  She was a liturgical artist, writer, and social activist.  The story of Adé Bethune is an important chapter in the cultural history of our time. This woman made unique contributions to the field of sacred art & architecture and social justice as an artist, writer, and liturgical consultant, all flowing from her early association with Dorothy Day and the publication of her pictures in "The Catholic Worker."