CATHARINE DEI RICCI (Saint) Virgin (February 2) (16th century) A Florentine maiden of the ancient family of the Ricci, born A.D. 1519, and who, at the age of fourteen, entered a convent of the Third Order of Saint Dominic at Prato, near Florence, of which she after some years became Prioress. Humble and meek of heart, she was wonderful for her spirit of penance, and emulated in her life the austerities of the ancient solitaries. A marvellous meeting in vision of Saint Philip Neri and Saint Catharine is narrated of them. Three Cardinals, afterwards Popes, were among the thousands who flocked to Prato to ask the prayers of the poor nun. Her Heavenly Spouse called her to Himself, February 2, 1589. She was canonised by Benedict XIV, A.D. 1746.