Catherine of Genoa

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St. Catherine of Genoa (from the Master of Frankfurt )
Grave of St. Catherine of Genoa, Santissima Annunziata di Portoria (Genoa)

Katharina Fieschi Adorno , better known as Catherine of Genoa (born April 5, 1447 in Genoa , † September 15, 1510 ibid) was an Italian saint and mystic and was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1737 .


She was the daughter of Giacomo Fieschi from Genoa, whose family the Popes Innocent IV. And Hadrian V. had provided. Her father officiated briefly as Viceroy of Naples. She was married to Giuliano Adorno from a Genoese patrician family in 1463 in order to end the rivalries between the two families; the marriage was initially unhappy.

As a result of an ecstasy , she converted to religious life in 1473 and moved with her husband into a modest house on the grounds of the Ospedale di Pammatone , where she headed the women's department from 1489 to 1499. She and her husband entered the Franciscan Third Order as laypeople . After his death in 1497 she devoted herself to caring for plague sufferers . Her name days are March 22nd and July 22nd . Maralotti (1551) described her life .

It is reported that she castigated herself to be closer to God. During Lent, she ate only communion. She had her mystical experiences from 1499 until her death. During this time, the three great mystical works by Katharina were written, of which the treatise on purgatory is the best known.

Catherine of Genoa was in 1675 by Pope Clement X beatified and in 1737 by Pope Clement XII. canonized together with Vinzenz von Paul , Franz Regis and Juliana von Falconieri . Her Catholic memorial day is September 15th .

In 1944 she made Pope Pius XII. second patroness of Italian hospitals.


  • Vita (biography)
  • Trattato del Purgatorio (treatise on purgatory)
  • Dialogo tra anima, corpo, amor propio, spirito, umanità e Dio (Spiritual Dialogue)


Web links

Commons : Catherine of Genoa  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Biographical data: Holböck, Ferdinand (see literature)
  2. ↑ For the day of remembrance see Catherine of Genoa in the Ecumenical Lexicon of Saints