Catherine of Ricci (c. 1522–1589)

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Catherine of Ricci (c. 1522–1589)

Italian saint and Dominican nun who was noted for her wisdom. Name variations: Catherine de Ricci. Born in Florence, Italy, around 1522; died on February 2, 1589.

Catherine of Ricci took the veil among the Dominican nuns at Prato, Tuscany, in 1535. She was made perpetual prioress seven years later, at the age of 25. Though they never met, Catherine was a great friend of, and correspondent with, St. Philip Neri; their letters "flew back and forth like homing pigeons," writes Phyllis McGinley in Saint-Watching. Catherine of Ricci was canonized in 1746; her feast day is on February 3.


McGinley, Phyllis. Saint-Watching. NY: Viking, 1969.

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