175th! Gonzaga Celebrates Fr. Cataldo's Birthday


This online exhibit attempts to replicate an exhibition presented by Gonzaga University's Foley Center Library, March 22 - June 8, 2012, to honor the 175th birthdate of the university's founder, Fr. Joseph Cataldo, S.J.  Its purpose was to build awareness for Gonzaga's 125th Anniversary, in advance of the commemorative events planned for Fall, 2012.


David Kingma


Early Years

This section covers Cataldo's early years in Sicily, from his birth in 1837 to 1860, when the Jesuits were expelled from the island.

Transition and Training

This section depicts the five year period, from 1860 to 1865, as Cataldo progresses through ordination to the beginning of his missionary career in the Pacific Northwest.

Diamond Jubilee

This section is devoted to the celebrations held in Lewiston (ID) and Spokane in early 1928, in honor of Father Cataldo's 75 years as a Jesuit.


This section emphasizes the fact that Fr. Cataldo identified himself most closely with the role of simple missionary to the region's Native Americans, despite the renown gained through his other accomplishments.


In this section, Fr. Cataldo's capacity to communicate betweeen Natives and Whites, as well as within the Catholic hierarchy, is highlighted.  Special attention is given to Cataldo's multilingual fluency and the Nez Perce War of 1877.


This section focuses on the scope and elements of Fr. Cataldo's leadership while Superior of the Jesuit Rocky Mountain Mission from 1877 to 1893.


This section looks at Fr. Cataldo's later years, specifically his role as a touchstone to the region's settlement history.


A visual record of the public reception marking the opening of the 175th! exhibition.