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Saint Catherine of Siena

Also known as Caterina Benincasa ,Catharine of Siena

Memorial 29 April formerly 30 April

Profile Youngest child in a large family. At the age of 6 she had a vision in which Jesus appeared and blessed her. Her parents wanted her to marry, but she became a Dominican tertiary. Mystic. Stigmatist. Received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring. Counselor to Pope Gregory XI and Pope Urban VI. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church on 4 October 1970

. Born 25 March 1347 at Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Died 29 April 1380 of a mysterious and painful illness that came on without notice, and was never properly diagnosed

Canonized July 1461 by Pope Pius II Name Meaning pure one

Patronage against fire ,against bodily ills ,against illness ,against miscarriages ,against sexual temptation, against sickness, against temptations ,Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, diocese of Europe (declared on 1 October 1999 by Pope John Paul II) fire prevention, firefighters, Italy ,nurses, nursing services, people ridiculed for their piety, Siena, Italy

Representation cross, crown of thorns, heart, lily ,ring ,stigmata

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