Saint Catherine of Bologna

Saint Catherine of BolognaAlso known as

  • Caterina dei Vigri
  • Caterina Vigri
  • Catherine da Bonon



Born to the nobility of Bologna, Italy, the daughter of a diplomat. Tradition says her father received a vision telling him of her birth. Maid of honour to the daughter of a marquis, receiving the same training and education as her mistress. Franciscan tertiary at age 14. Poor Clare nun. Novice mistress. Established a Poor Clare convent at Bologna, Italy in 1456, and served as its abbess. Miracle worker. Prophetess. Mystic. Visionary. Painter and manuscript illuminator. Received a Christmas Day vision of Jesus cradled in Mary‘s arms.



  • 9 March 1463 at Bologna, Italy of natural causes
  • buried without a coffin or embalming
  • exhumed eighteen days later due to the miracles occurring near her grave, and the odor of perfume that came from it
  • body found incorrupt
  • currently resides in the cell in which she lived




  • Treatise on Spiritual Weapons
  • Revelations


Whoever wishes to carry the cross for his sake must take up the proper weapons for the contest, especially those mentioned here. First, diligence; second, distrust of self; third, confidence in God; fourth, remembrance of Passion; fifth, mindfulness of one’s own death; sixth, remembrance of God’s glory; seventh, the injunctions of Sacred Scripture following the example of Jesus Christ in the desert. Saint Catherine, from On the Seven Spiritual Weapons

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Catherine of Bologna“. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 September 2021. Web. 28 October 2021. <>