Saint Catharine Fieschi Adorno, born in Genoa in 1447, died Sept. 14, 1510. Her father was viceroy of Naples. At the age of 13 she desired to consecrate herself to God in the religious state; but in obedience to her parents she married at the age of 16 Julian Adorno, a gay young nobleman of Genoa. Her life with him was for ten years a series of sorrows, sufferings, and mortifications. He was profligate, brutal, and prodigal in the use of the fortune which she brought him. In a short time they found themselves reduced to poverty; but her patience and good example caused his reformation, and he died a penitent. After his death Catharine was for many years mother superior of the great hospital of Genoa, and extended her care to the sick and suffering throughout the city. St. Catharine, next to St. Theresa, is the most profound female writer that the Roman Catholic church has produced. Her two principal treatises, which for the most part may be considered as the records of her own experience, are entitled "Purgatory" and "Dialogue between the Soul and the Body." She was canonized in 1737 by Clement XII., and her anniversary is celebrated on Sept. 14. An American translation of her treatises and of her life, written by her confessor, Mara-botto, appeared in 1858.