Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church:
Notes on Her Life and Teaching
Translated by Fr. Thomas McDermott, O.P.
Giacinto (Hyacinth) D’Urso (1913-2002), Dominican friar of the Province of San Marco and Sardegna (later the Roman Province), is regarded by many Italian commentators as the foremost expert on the mysticism of Catherine of Siena. In 1970, the year Catherine was proclaimed Doctor, Fr. D’Urso wrote his magnum opus, a 113-page article, in the form of notes, on the life and teaching of the Sienese saint in the review Temi di Predicazione published by the Dominicans in Naples. D’Urso brought to this work a classical theological training, knowledge of mysticism in general, his Dominican vocation, and an ardent love of Catherine. He is careful and thorough in his summaries and analyses; his conclusions are balanced and reliable. His style is literary, succinct, and dense. Most important, his scholarship reveals new depths to Catherine’s thought, making for a new appreciation of her on the 40th anniversary of Paul VI’s proclamation.