She was born in Egypt in the fourth century.  St. Catherine converted to Christianity following a vision.  She debated Emperor Maxentius who persecuted Christians.  She won the debate and many converted, including the emperor’s wife.  All those who converted were put to death.  Catherine was beheaded. According to legend, her body was carried to Heaven by angels.

FEAST DAY:  November 25

PATRON OF:  Philosophers, preachers, young maidens, female students