St. Catherine was born into a noble family of Bologna, Italy, in 1413. As she grew into a teenage girl, it became obvious that she wanted to live a life very different from other daughters of the nobility. She persuaded her parents to allow her to join a community of lay Franciscan women (Secular Franciscan Order).
As a member of that community, she grew in the spiritual life, both the joys and challenges. She became known as a mystic; known to have experienced intense visions of Christ and the Blessed Mother. Now Bologna had a community of Poor Clare sisters, that must have been afflicted with laxity, because Catherine was ordered to take over the community.
She lead the convent by example, gentleness, and wisdom. The community became known for it’s holiness of life, attracting many new novices.
Saint Catherine died in 1463. She was canonized a Saint in 1712. Her feast day is March 9.
“Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.”