At the age of six, Caterina Cittadini, of Bergamo, Italy, was taken into an orphanage together with her younger sister Giuditta after losing her mother and being abandoned by her father. Here she developed a deep spiritual life marked by devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to her guardian angel, and to her patron saint. At the age of twenty-one, having earned a teaching diploma, Caterina left the orphanage. Thereafter, she and her sister settled in the village of Somasca, where they began a Catholic girls’ school and actively participated in the liturgical life, religious instruction, and confraternities of the parish church. Caterina expanded her labors to educate orphans and girls from other villages. The students in turn disseminated the religious and moral principles that Caterina had instilled in them. In 1840 Caterina suffered the sudden loss of her beloved sister, who had so closely collaborated with her. It was shortly after Caterina’s own death in 1857 that her petitions for the transformation of her educational institute into a religious congregation were granted with the formal recognition of the Ursuline Sisters of Somasca.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
Born in 1245 in Sant'Angelo, St. Nicholas of Tolentino took his name from St. Nicholas of Myra, at whose shrine his parents prayed to have a child. Nicholas became a monk at 18, and seven years ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes