The Life and Faith of St. Catherine of Siena

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The Life and Faith of St. Catherine of Siena

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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) is one of the most beloved saints of the Christian tradition. Now, you can join Sr. Suzanne Noffke, an internationally acclaimed expert on Catherine, in exploring her life, faith, and works.

One of twenty-five children of a Tuscan wool-dyer guildsman and his irascible wife, Catherine was unschooled and had a humble upbringing. Despite her lack of formal education, though, her mind was too sharp and her heart too honest to settle for a blind embrace of doctrine. Instead, she would spend her short thirty-three years of life in a deliberate and contemplative quest for the fullness of truth and love in Christ.

In The Life and Faith of St. Catherine of Siena, you will follow this headstrong woman on her inspiring journey of love. You will trace this journey through twelve lectures, beginning with a brief introduction to her life, times, and writings. Then, you will study in-depth her Dialogue and Letters, as well as her foundations in Scripture. Finally, you will progress through a series of prominent themes in her thought and spirituality: Christ as Teacher, Redeemer, and Mediator; her mysticism and her approach to contemplation as the integrating force in life; her quest for faith with understanding; and her convictions regarding her Church, her world, the common good, and time and eternity.

Catherine’s questing heart and radical faith will inspire you today just as they have guided countless others in centuries past.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introducing Catherine and Her Writings
  • The Dialogue: Window on Catherine’s Vision
  • Catherine’s Letters: An Adventure in Consciousness
  • Catherine’s Biblical Foundations
  • Living into Christ: Teacher, Redeemer, Mediator
  • Catherine’s Mystical Spirituality
  • Integrity Learned in Contemplation
  • Living in Faith with Understanding
  • Living in a Church in Heartache
  • Living in a World in Tension
  • Catherine of Siena and the Common Good
  • Of Time and Eternity
About Your Presenter

Sr. Suzanne Noffke, O.P., Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on Saint Catherine of Siena, has lectured internationally and led numerous retreats based on the life and thought of Saint Catherine. She has published annotated translations of all of Catherine’s extant works (The Dialogue, 1980; The Prayers, 1983; The Letters of Catherine of Siena, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008), as well as a two-volume thematic Anthology (2011), a book of essays (Catherine of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye, 1996, 2006), and numerous articles.

After receiving a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1968, Sr. Noffke served as president of her religious congregation, the Racine Dominicans, from 1970 until 1976. She has taught at such institutions as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and served on its Board of Directors from 1968 to 1970. Sr. Noffke also serves as one of her congregation’s historians, having published Embrace the Swelling Wave: The Dominicans of Racine, Wisconsin in 2004.

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