Tagged: Virgin

St. Magdalene of Canossa, Foundress

The saint of the day for May 8th is St. Magdalene of Canossa, virgin, foundress of the Canossian Family of Daughters and Sons of Charity (1774-1835). Magdalene of Canossa was born in 1774, the second child of a noble family from Verona, the Marquis Octavius Canossa and Countess Maria Terese Szluha. During her early childhood, Magdalene experienced deep suffering. At the age of five, her...

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor

April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 – 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with...

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Dominican Mystic

April 20 is the feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, a Dominican abbess and foundress in medieval Tuscany. Seventy years after Agnes died St. Catherine of Siena made a pilgrimage to the shrine of this famous Dominican foundress. As St. Catherine bowed to kiss Agnes’ foot, the saint raised it up toward her so she would not have to bend so far. Catherine may not...