Caterina de 'Ricci

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Caterina de 'Ricci (German also Katharina de Ricci or Katharina von Ricci , born Alessandra Lucrezia Romola ; born April 23, 1522 in Florence , † February 1, 1590 in Prato ) was a Dominican and mystic . She is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church .


Alessandra Lucrezia Romola de 'Ricci came from a Florentine merchant family. She was brought up by the Benedictine Sisters of Monticelli . After returning to Florence Community of them joined the Dominicans - Terziarinnen in the convent of St. Vincent in Prato in Tuscany at. There she was dressed in 1535 at the age of 12 and was given the name Catherina. At the age of 25 she became a prioress . From February 1542 she fell into ecstasy every week from Thursday afternoon until the next morning . Since Easter 1542 she supposedly wore a ring-shaped stigmatization mark on her finger. She had visions and was said to have the gift of working miracles. Caterina maintained correspondence with many ecclesiastical and secular personalities, the St. Maria Magdalena von Pazzi , Philipp Neri , Karl Borromeo as well as the Grand Dukes of Medici , Juan de Austria and others. She died in 1590. Her undestroyed body is in the monastery of San Vincenzio (today usually called Santa Caterina ) in Prato.

In 1732 Pope Clement XII spoke . Blessed Caterina de 'Ricci . In 1746 she was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV . Her feast day is February 2nd, in the Dominican Order February 4th.


Caterina de 'Ricci's letters were published several times, mostly with Fr. Domenico Di Agresti as editor.


Web links

Commons : Caterina de 'Ricci  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. name spelling: Wilhelm Shamoni: The true face of the saints. See literature.
  2. According to the Proprium of the Order of Preachers see:
  3. Peter Dinzelbacher (1996): The Psychohistory of the Unio mystica, in: Body and Piety in the Medieval Mentality History, Schöningh, 2007, pp. 111–146 (p. 115).
  4. ^ Santi i Beati [1]