St Catherine of Siena OP
Feast Day: 29th April
Saint Catherine was born in Siena in 1347, being the youngest of 25 children. She lived in a time disrupted by political turmoil, wars, the plague and schism in the Church. It was a difficult time and many people thought the end times were near.
However, it was exactly in this difficult time that God gave one of the greatest lights to the Church, a light shining brightly in the darkness. God touched Catherine’s heart at the early age of six when she had a remarkable experience which may be said to have determined her vocation. She had a vision of Christ seated in glory with the Apostles Peter, Paul, and John. A short time later the little girl made a secret vow to give her whole life to God.