(1531 - 1574)
Memorial : 1 April
Formerly 5 April
27 July and 28 July in Valldemossa, Spain
Other Names : Catherine Tomas, Catherine Thomas, Catalina Thomas, Catalina Tomas
Katarina Tomás av Palma
The saint who inspires the most devotion and popularity in Mallorca: St. Catalina Thomàs, better known as the Beata or Beateta.
Catalina Thomàs was born in Valldemossa (Mallorca) in 1531 and died in the odour of sanctity in Palma in 1574. Orphaned when young, she displayed signs of religiosity and was determined to enter a convent at a very early age. After overcoming her family’s reluctance and the lack of a dowry, she entered the convent of St Maria Magdalena in Palma, which was run by Augustinian nuns, in 1553.
Subjected to many strange phenomena and mystical experiences including visits from angels, Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Catherine of Siena. Had the gifts of visions and prophecy. Assaulted spiritually and physically by dark powers, she sometimes went into ecstatic trances for days at a time; her wounds from this abuse were treated by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. During her last years she was almost continually in ecstasy. Foretold the date of her death.
|Every house in the village you will|
see a tile of the same style as this:
"Santa Catalina Thomas pregau per
Nosaltres" , Santa Catalina Thomas
pray for us.
Several towns on the island hold major celebrations in her honour every year, among them Valldemossa (late July), Santa Margalida (the first week of September), Palma (on the third Saturday in October) and Vilafranca de Bonany (late July).
| Altarpiece, by an unknown painter of 18th cent.,|
with Saint Catherine Thomas,
in a chapel at Valldemossa, Mallorca
|Birth house of the Majorcan saint Catalina Thomas|
|Relic of St. Catalina Thomas|