Franciscan Saints




23rd March 


St. Catherine of Genoa


Widow, Third Order

TaubutSt Catherine of Genoa's liturgical feast is celebrated on 15th September. According to (Forum 1946 in Habig,1959) neither Franciscans nor Conventuals celebrated her feast, though the Capuchins celebrated it on  23rd March and the Third Order Regular on the 22nd.

"Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life.

When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger for luxury and self-indulgence.

Catherine’s parents were members of the nobility in Genoa. At 13 she attempted to become a nun but failed because of her age. At 16 she married Julian, a nobleman who turned out to be selfish and unfaithful. For a while she tried to numb her disappointment by a life of selfish pleasure.

One day in confession she had a new sense of her own sins and how much God loved her. She reformed her life and gave good example to Julian, who soon turned from his self-centered life of distraction.

Julian’s spending, however, had ruined them financially. He and Catherine decided to live in the Pammatone, a large hospital in Genoa, and to dedicate themselves to works of charity there. After Julian’s death in 1497, Catherine took over management of the hospital.

She wrote about purgatory which, she said, begins on earth for souls open to God. Life with God in heaven is a continuation and perfection of the life with God begun on earth. see below

Exhausted by her life of self-sacrifice, she died September 15, 1510, and was canonized in 1737." (Foley)


Shortly before Catherine’s death she told her Goddaughter: "Tomasina! Jesus in your heart! Eternity in your mind! The will of God in all your actions! But above all, love, God’s love, entire love!" (Habig p 212)



Her writings


Catherine's writings were examined by the Holy Office and pronounced to contain doctrine that would be enough, in itself, to prove her sanctity; and she was beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X, and canonized in 1737 by Pope Clement XII. Her writings also became sources of inspiration for other religious leaders such as Saints Robert Bellarmine and Francis de Sales and Cardinal Henry Edward Manning. St Catherine of Genoa's liturgical feast is celebrated on 15 September. Pope Pius XII declared her patroness of the hospitals in Italy.(Wikipedia)

Life and doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa Spiritual Dialogue Between The Soul, The Body, Self-Love, The Spirit, Humanity, And The Lord God




Prayer of the Church


Hear us, O God our Savior, and grant that as we are

gladdened by the festival of blessed Catherine, so may we learn from

it loving devotion toward Thee.

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen


Foley , Leonard, O.F.M.,2009, ed., Saint of the Day Lives, Lessons and Feast revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M. St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, modified 24 March 2012, St. Catherine of Genoa,, Accessed 20 February 2013,<web:>


Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

Wikipedia,The Free  Encyclopedia, Modified 17 February 2013,Catherine of Genoa,, Accessed 20 February 2013,<web:>


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