|St. Catherine of Siena's Spiritual Family
VATICAN CITY, 19 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
International Association of "Caterinati" which appears in the Directory
of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the
Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: International Association of "Caterinati"
History: The International Association of followers of St. Catherine of
Siena was founded in Siena by Archbishop Mario Ismaele Castellano on the
same day that Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Catherine of Siena a doctor of
It is the continuation of the Company or Confraternity of St. Catherine
in Fontebranda, which was founded in Siena in 1462, and in reference
also to the spiritual family of the saint, whose members had been known
since the 15th century as "Caterinati." On Aug. 15, 1992, the Pontifical
Council for the Laity officially recognized the International
Association of "Caterinati" as an international association of the
faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The association aspires to invite all Christians to a greater
deepening of their spiritual life and growth in the love of Christ, of
the Church and of the Pope, in accordance with the teachings of St.
Catherine of Siena; to propagate the richness of Catholic mysticism; to
deepen and to realize the concept of the "Mystical apostolate,"
according to Pope John Paul II's definition of St. Catherine; to
contribute to the rebuilding of the spiritual unity of Europe in order
to bring Europe back to its Christian roots, and to enhance the dignity
and responsibility of Christian women in the Church and in civil
The association is committed to disseminating the works of St. Catherine
and research on her, in order to highlight the influence she had on the
life of the Church and the papacy in her age.
It also organizes liturgical prayer meetings animated by Catherinian
spirituality, as well as cultural events (lectures, readings,
conferences). It is also committed to performing individual acts of
charity for the benefit of the poor and the disabled.
Organization: The association is governed by the general council,
chaired by the prior general and the executive board, also chaired by
the prior general, comprising the ecclesiastical assistant, the prior of
the Dominican fathers of Siena, two members representing the Italian
Caterinati groups, and a number of Caterinati living in Siena. The
president of the association is the archbishop of Siena "pro tempore."
Membership: The association has 3,000 members in Europe and North
Publications: Quaderni Cateriniani, published three times a year.
Web site: www.caterinati.org
Associazione Internazionale dei Caterinati
Santuario Casa di Santa Caterina da Siena
Via del Tiratoio, 8
Tel. (39) 05-77-247393
(c) Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]