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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380)

  1. Amanda Weppler,
  2. K. Sarah-Jane Murray

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0248

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Weppler, A. and Murray, K. S.-J. 2011. Catherine of Siena (1347–1380). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Caterina di Iacopo di Benincasa was born in 1347 in Siena. At age 6, Catherine experienced a vision of Christ dressed in papal robes. This first vision influenced her decision at a young age to be dedicated to Christ as a virgin and Dominican. After the experience she began ascetic practices.


  • Catherine of Siena (1347–1380);
  • experiencing vision of christ;
  • dedicated to christ;
  • as a virgin and dominican;
  • siennese group of widowed laywomen;
  • the mantellate;
  • Catherine;
  • serving the sick and poor;
  • Catherine's mysticism and ascetic practices;
  • central;
  • Catherine's spontaneous prayers;
  • the dialogue of divine providence;
  • conception of God as truth and love