Tuesday, June 3, 2008

St Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery

Holy Spirit Catholic Church ~ Our Lady of Peace shrine on left
Caterina Benincasa Monastery on right in back.

Painting of St Catherine by Sr Mary Grace op

St Catherine

All things are possible for those who believe

Our Lady of Peace

This statue is 33 feet high and on the site of the site of the St Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery

Bishop Michael Saltarelli blessing the Monastery on the feast of St Catherine of Siena

Fr Timothy Nolan pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church on the grounds of the Monastery Visiting Dominican Bishop from the Solomon Islands Chris Cardone, OP on right at the end of table and Fr Steven op on left.

Sr Mary Grace painting

Let us pray for one another

Nicky the Dominican Dog in front of the
shrine of Our Lady of Peace

St Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery
6 Church Drive
New Castle, Delaware 19720
302 654-1206

Saint Catherine was born Catherine Benincasa in Siena, Italy, to Giacomo di Benincasa, a cloth-dyer, and Lapa Piagenti, a daughter of a local poet. She was the 23rd out of 25 children, and her twin sister died at birth.

Catherine received no formal education, and at the age of seven she consecrated her virginity to Christ despite her family's opposition. Her parents wanted her to live a normal life and marry, but against her parents' will, she dedicated her life to praying, meditating and living in total solitude into her late teens. At the age of sixteen, she took the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries.

Catherine dedicated her life to helping the ill and the poor, where she took care of them in hospitals or homes. She rounded up a group of followers, both women and men, and traveled with them along Northern Italy where they asked for a reform of the clergy, the launch of a new crusade and advised people that repentance and renewal could be done through "the total love for God." Catherine also dedicated her life to the study of religious texts.