Young St. Catherine cutting her hair as a sign of her submission and dedication to the Lord Jesus. (Painting by Alessandro Franchi, located in the House of St. Catherine of Siena)
Saint Catherine of Siena is one of the widely known Dominican saints. Altars in Dominican churches often feature her, along with Saint Dominic, standing beside the cross of Jesus or receiving the rosary from the Virgin Mary. She is often portrayed wearing the Dominican habit although she was never a nun. She is actually a member of the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, known today as the Dominican Laity. One of the most influential saints of her age, she continued to shape the world and the Church even after her death through her teachings and writings.
Catherine Benincasa was born in Siena, Italy in 1347, the youngest of twenty five children. Inspired by divine grace, she vowed her virginity to God while still a small girl and after overcoming the objections of her family, she pursued a life of prayer and penance as a Sister of Penance of St. Dominic.
She continued in this way of life until 1370 when, in a vision, God asked her to undertake an active apostolate and became involved in the affairs of her age. Several times she was able to bring about peace among the Italian city-states and, while representing the Florentines in Avignon, was instrumental in persuading Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome, ending the so-called Avignon Captivity of the papacy.
On April 1, 1375, by divine favor she received the stigmata.The Dialogue (1378), which she left for her large family of disciples, is a masterpiece of spiritual and theological doctrine and has become a source of riches for the entire Dominican Family.
She died in Rome on April 29, 1380 and was buried in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Pope Pius II canonized her in 1461, and in 1970, Pope Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church.
Source: Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours for the Order of Preachers (Dominican Province of the Philippines, 2012)
Join us this coming Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 7:30 A.M. for a Eucharistic Celebration in honor of our seraphic mother, St. Catherine of Siena. It will be held at the chapel of the University of Santo Tomas (Santisimo Rosario Parish) in Manila, and will be shown live via Facebook streaming (through our FB page) for our brothers and sisters who could not attend Mass due to their illness or location.
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines