CATHARINE of BOLOGNA (Saint) Virgin (March 9) (15th century) Of a noble family of Bologna, this Saint, after living some years as a Franciscan Tertiary at Ferrara, became Abbess of a newly founded and very austere monastery of Poor Clares at Bologna. Her life may be said to have been passed in making intercession for the conversion of sinners and for the salvation of men. Endued with the gifts of prophecy and miracles, she bore her many trials with heroic patience and cheerfulness. She passed from this world March 9, 1463, at the age of fifty, and her holy body remains incorrupt to this day. She has left various ascetical writings of great value. Canonised in the eighteenth century, she is regarded as one of the Patron Saints of painters, in whose art she was skilled.