This icon is visually the simplest of the three. This is a deliberate choice, to indicate her sense of her calling to live simply and to embrace a poverty that enriched others. This clear and uncluttered life was mirrored in her thought and writings which led to her recognition as a Doctor of the church. Like Saint Dominic she is pictured holding the resurrection lily but in Saint Catherine’s case it also indicates her purity. Catherine’s hands are shown carrying stigmata. This has personal importance, as earlier this year I felt drawn to live as if carrying stigmata. Subsequently, I discovered that Saint Catherine’s stigmata were visible only to herself; I/we appear to be in good company.
The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.
The Catholic Chaplaincy is also a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh (the Parish of St Albert the Great) and all Catholic students and staff are automatically members of this parish.