1. She had 24 siblings
Caterina Benincasa grew up in Siena, Italy, the 23rd child of Lapa Piagenti and Giacomo di Benincasa. Unfortunately, about half of their children died at an early age, including Catherine’s twin sister. Suffice to say, it was a busy household.
2. Catherine had a vision of Jesus at age 5
As a young girl Catherine had a vision of Christ seated in glory with Sts. Peter, Paul and John next to him, and it inspired her to make a private vow, dedicating her life to God. It was only the beginning of the numerous mystical visions she experienced in her lifetime.
3. She had a private cell in her parent’s home
When she refused to get married, Catherine’s parents recognized the holiness of their daughter and made a private cell — like the room of a nun — that Catherine could live and pray in.