St. Catherine of Siena Co- Patron Saint of Europe
At the age of 16 or 17 Catherine joined a group of Dominican laywomen who lived in their homes while dedicating their lives to prayer and active works of charity. Though Catherine’s family at first, opposed her wishes and the sisters themselves thought her too young to persevere, Catherine steadfastly grew in her conviction that God had called her to be a Dominican.
Catherine’s first years as a Dominican were spent in seclusion in her family home where she prepared for an active life of service to others. As the years went on, this service took the form of caring for the sick and poor, nursing plague victims and counselling others who wished to grow spiritually.
Catherine died in Rome in 1380 at the age of 33, having dedicated her life completely for the good of the Church. Dominicans today are called to communicate the same urgent truths as did St Catherine of Siena. Her example of active enthusiasm continues to inspire Dominican men and women today. We celebrate her Feast Day on April 29
During this time of a World Pandemic, we invite you to pray, through the intercession of Saint Catherine for the whole world, the Church she loved, and our Order to which you belonged each day from 20th April to the 29th April by saying the following prayer written by Sr. Caitriona Gorman OP (April 2020)
We invite you Beloved St. Catherine of Siena, woman of peace, woman of love and compassion, who served the sick and suffering in time of plague, intercede for us now, so that the whole world, the Church you loved, and the Order to which you belonged, may be protected from Covid 19.
Be with those who are hospitalised because of the virus, through your intercession may they know inner peace, strength and a a return to health.
Comfort and console those who mourn their loved ones, you knew the pain of loss, fill their lives with the certainty that those who have died, live now in the presence of God.
Woman of wisdom, guide all those who tirelessly work to provide a vaccine at this time, guide them and inspire them. Through your intercession may their work be successful.
Pray for us, that we may be a contemplative people, courageous, generous and self-sacrificing in walking this Paschal road with all who need our prayers, support and help.
St Catherine pray for us, Amen