St Catherine of Siena died on April 29, 1380, although the Church traditionally celebrates her feast day on April 30.
Doctor of the Church, Dominican tertiary, Scholastic philosopher, theologian, mystic and stigmatist, she received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring.
Born in 1347, in the midst of a plague and survived, she is also the patron of illnesses, and of Europe and Italy.
She practised extreme fasting and asceticism, living solely off the Eucharist.
She is also patron against fire, bodily ills, diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, Europe, illness, Italy, miscarriages, sexual temptation, sick people, television, sickness and nurses.
She is the co-patron saint of Italy along with St Francis of Assisi and she is also one of the six patron saints of Europe.
St Catherine of Siena, mystic, peacemaker, reformer of the Church, seeker of justice, justice seeker, Seraphic Virgin, and Doctor of the Church, pray for us!
Here are some of my favourite finds on St Catherine of Siena.