Doctor of the Church

St. Catharine was a Doctor of the Church. From the Latin for teacher, “Doctor” is a title given by a variety of Christian churches to individuals whom they recognize as having been of particular importance, especially for¬†their contributions to theology or doctrine.

Throughout history, only about 35 poeple have been named a Doctor of the Church in the Catholic faith.

Though she had no formal education and lived only to age 33, St. Catharine wrote some 400 letters and a treatise called “a dialogue” that are considered among the most brilliant writings in the Catholic tradition.