Saint Catherine of Siena, OP

Patron of Nurses

SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA is known for her concern for and healing
of the sick.

Catherine Benincasa was born during the time that the black-death raged
in Europe and Siena was badly ravaged by this.

Around 1366, Catherine experienced a “Mystical Marriage” with Jesus. She said, Jesus told her to leave her solitary life, return to her family, and enter the public life of the world. So Catherine began to tend the sick and the poor, especially those afflicted with the most repulsive diseases, where she took care of them in hospitals or homes.

She now rejoined her family and began to labor for the conversion of sinners. Though always suffering terrible physical pain, living for long intervals on practically no food, except the Blessed Sacrament.

Not long after, Catherine began to dedicate her life to working to heal another wound: the wound that stemmed from broken charity — a split in the Catholic Church which had developed into schism with the presence of more than one pope.