"My Favorite Saint": St. Catherine of Bologna By gillian mcguire // Period C

St. Catherine of Bologna is the patron of the arts. Her feast day is March 9.

Stained glass window of St. Catherine.

She was born in Bologna on September 8, 1413 and died on March 9, 1463.

Facts about her life:

St. Catherine was born to an aristocratic family. They sent her at the age of ten to learn literature and fine arts alongside Princess Margarita of Ferrera as a compainion.

After the princess's marriage, Catherine left to live at a Convent. She later became abbess to the order of nuns, Poor Clares.

During this time she received visions from God and Satan. Some are detailed in her book Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons Necessary for Spiritual Warfare.

St. Catherine painted two famous paintings:

Saint Ursula and her Maidens
Madonna and her Child

At the time of her death, she desired to be left in a sitting position. St. Catherine's body was miraculously in-corrupt and still to this day, after 554 years, appears to have flexible human skin, only blackened with age. Her body is one of the few in-corrupt bodies of saints that can still be viewed today at Chiesa della Santa Church in Bologna.


Through the intercession of St. Catherine of Bologna, I ask for guidance in all my creative and artistic pursuits. Bless me with determination toward the successful completion of my projects. Bless me with the strength to work with originality and to the best of my ability so that I may make you proud. Amen.

I have neither given nor received any unauthorized help on this work.


Artist of mosaic, title page: Sandhi Schimmel Gold

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