St. Catherine of Alexandria
. She is the patroness of philosophers
, and preacher
St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria
of a noble
family in the 4th century of the common era
. Converted to Christianity
through a vision, she denounced Maxentius
for persecuting Christians
Her refusal of Maxentius' order to deny her faith landed her in prison
. While in prison, Catherine converted Maxentius' wife and two hundred of his soldiers.
Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, later to be referred to as a Catherine wheel
(for obvious reasons), but the wheel miraculously broke. She was then beheaded.
St. Catherine's was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc