Basic Information
Name

Catherine of Siena

Feast Day

April 29

Short Bio

Catherine’s father was a dyer and mother a poet, and she was born second to last in a family of 22. From early on, she was animated by visions a spiritual exercises to pursue complete holiness and turned her bedroom into a hermitage for three years. She radiated joy, compassion and intelligence, and became a sought-after voice in the chaotic world of Italian politics and Church diplomacy. She was a spiritual director to Pope Gregory XI, and was summoned to Rome by his successor, where, for the rest of her life, she worked toward the healing of the Great Schism.

Born

March 25, 1347

Died

April 29, 1380

Patron of

Against fire, bodily ills, diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, Europe, illness, Italy, miscarriages, people ridiculed for their piety, sexual temptation, sick people, sickness, nurses

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Personal
Born in

Siena

Lived in

Siena, Florence, Pisa

Gender

Women

Form of Passing

Natural Causes

Roles

Virgin

Century

14th Century

Vocation

Religious Life

Family & Relationships
Siblings

Bonaventura, Sister

Family Members

Giacomo di Benincasa, Father
Lapa Piagenti, Mother

Details & Interests
Name Variations

Born Catherine Benincasa

Books Written

The Dialogue of Divine Providence

Favorite Quote

“No one should judge that he has greater perfection because he performs great penances and gives himself in excess to the staying of the body than he who does less, inasmuch as neither virtue nor merit consists therein; for otherwise he would be an evil case, who for some legitimate reason was unable to do actual penance. Merit consists in the virtue of love alone, flavored with the light of true discretion without which the soul is worth nothing.” St. Catherine’s Dialogue

Canonization Status
Canonized by

Pope Pius II

Canonization

Canonized

Date Canonized

1461

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