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A Century of Saints

A fall tour of campus


Hello! I'm back. The history journal has been on hiatus for the past month or so while I've acclimated to the joys of fatherhood.

Up until this point, we've been talking about people and events from over a century ago. My goal with this column is to tie St. Scholastica's past, present, and future together in a way that shows how interdependent all three are. With that in mind, I invite you to join me on a walk I took around campus this fall. I walked in the woods behind Tower Hall, an area that, in the past, was used frequently by CSS students, but is visited less frequently these days. This space is the true hidden gem of campus, as it features some absolutely gorgeous wooded landscapes, a few artifacts from the past, and several very sacred places.

Leaving Tower HallView of Lake Superior

Ok. So I'm heading out the back door of Tower, toward the soccer field. I took a path from the parking lot towards the woods. Shortly after entering the woods, you'll find the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, which is also the old quarry, where the stone to build Tower is from.

Archival photo, Shrine of the Sacred HeartShrine of the Sacred Heart

I left the Shrine/quarry area and climbed a set of moss-covered, weathered bluestone stairs. I followed the path through a stand of trees towards Maryglade. The sun was out, and it was one of those perfect, crisp fall days that belie the coming winter.

Bluestone stairs near the quarryFall colors

Maryglade was once a favorite gathering place of students, but it fell into disuse and eventually burned to the ground. All that's left now is the foundation.

Ruins of Maryglade Cabin.Archival photo, Maryglade Cabin

At Maryglade, the path splits. In one direction lies the Valley of Silence and the other curves past the Our Lady of Victory Shrine, and ends up at the cemetary.

Our Lady of Victory ShrineArchival photo, Our Lady of Victory Shrine

The cemetary occupies some of the most picturesque land on campus, with a broad, commanding view of Lake Superior and surrounded by oaks, maples, and birch. It is a profound place, both solemn and beautiful. It is a place that honors the strong and courageous women that rest there.

St. Scholastica CemetarySt. Scholastica Cemetary

I circled back to Maryglade, and walked back through the Valley of Silence. A small stream runs through the middle of the valley, and it is deserving of its name: a quiet, secluded place in the midst of the largest city in this part of the state. Paths lead out of the valley into the neighborhoods above campus, and another path circles around and back behind Westwood.

Valley of SilencePath through the woods

And this concludes our journey through the campus of St. Scholastica. Thank you for traveling with me today. I hope that you had an enjoyable experience.


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