Book of Saints – Saint Catherine of Siena

detail of the oil on canvas painting 'Saint Catherine of Siena', 17th century by Baldassare Franceschini; Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

April 29

Catherine was the youngest of a very large family. In 1353, at the age of six she had a vision in Saint Dominic’s church in which our Lord appeared to her and blessed her.

She knew that he wanted her to do some special work, so she prepared for it by penance and prayer. She became a Dominican tertiary and devoted herself to the care of the poor.

The Popes had been living in Avignon, France, instead of in Rome for many years because of the unsettled times. Catherine made a visit to Pope Gregory XI and asked him to return to Rome. He did so, and once again Rome became the home of the Popes.

Catherine’s last days were full of suffering. Jesus imprinted His five wounds on her body because of her love for Him on the Cross.

Catherine died at the age of thirty-three. Pope Paul VI proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church in 1970.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Catherine of Siena”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 10 December 2019. <>