Catherine of Alexandria Biography
Born In: Alexandria, Egypt
Catherine of Alexandria, also referred to as Saint Catherine of the Wheel or the Great Martyr, was a Christian saint. She was one of the most important virgin martyrs in the religious culture of the late Middle Ages. Well-recognized as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, she protested against the discrimination against Christians under the Roman Emperor Maxentius and defeated the most eminent scholars summoned by him to oppose her. Catherine of Alexandria was eventually tortured and sentenced to death. During her imprisonment, she stated that she had consecrated her virginity to Jesus Christ. Born in 287 in Alexandria, Egypt, to then-governor of Alexandria, she grew up in a noble household. By her teens, she had become a noted scholar. Naturally god-gifted and incredibly intelligent, Catherine of Alexandria became a Christian at the age of 14 after seeing a vision of Baby Jesus and Saint Mary. At the age of 18, she debated with 50 pagan philosophers and converted hundreds of people to Christianity, including members of Maxentius’ family, all of whom were sentenced to death. The Roman Martyrology celebrates 25 November as her feast day.