New Catholic Dictionary – 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

Virgin, born Siena, Italy, 1347; died Rome, Italy, 1380. From her earliest childhood she began to see visions and practise extreme austerities; at 16 she joined the Dominican Tertiaries; and in 1366 she underwent the mystical experience known as the “spiritual espousals.” She then began her labor of caring for the sick, coming into close contact with those suffering from revolting diseases. She became the adviser of the rulers of Church and State, effected the pope’s return from Avignon, 1376, and brought about a reconciliation between Florence and the Holy See, 1378. During the Great Schism she favored Urban VI, and worked untiringly for the reform of the Church. Patroness of fire prevention. Emblems: a ring, cross, the stigmata, lily. Canonized, 1461. Feast, Roman Calendar, 30 April.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Catherine of Siena”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 September 2012. Web. 13 December 2019. <>