Here are stories of women leaders from continental Europe:

St Catherine of Siena: advisor to popes and princes; doctor of the Church

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Medieval women, Rest of Europe, Stories | Comments Off

Catherine Benincasa was born to a noble family in the Italian town of Siena in 1347; she died just 33 years later in Rome; despite her youth, it is arguable that she was the most influential person in Italy – perhaps in Western Europe – in the years before her death. She gave advice to two popes and expected it to be followed; she instructed warring states to make peace; she preached and counselled many; her followers included Raimondo del Vigne, who became General of the Dominican order, and Stefano di Corrado Maconi, who was...

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Marie Dentière: Reformer

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Reformation, Rest of Europe, Stories | Comments Off

In 2002 Marie Dentière’s name was carved into stone adjacent to the famous Wall of the Reformers in Geneva, the first – and so far only – woman to be commemorated in that place. She had in her youth been an Augustinian nun, rising rapidly to be prioress of the Covent at the Abbey of Saint-Nicolas-des-Près; almost as rapidly, however, she converted to Luther’s gospel and left the convent. She married an ex-priest, Simon Robert, and they worked with the reformer William Farel; Simon died leaving her with five children...

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St Samthann of Clonbroney

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Medieval women, Rest of Europe, Stories, UK | Comments Off

Samthann was the adopted daughter of an Irish king, Cridan. Like so many of the female Irish saints was delivered from an arranged marriage by a miracle, and then devoted herself to serving God as a nun. She became abbess of the monastery at Clonbroney after its founder, St Fuinech, had a dream of a fiery form resembling Samthann consuming the monastery, which she interpreted to her sisters as follows: ‘Burning with the fire of the Holy Spirit, Samthann will make this place shimmer by virtue of her merits and in the splendour of...

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Junia, an ‘outstanding apostle’

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Asia, Early Church, New Testament, Rest of Europe, Stories | 0 comments

We don't know a lot about Junia. We do know that she was an early follower of Jesus, a church leader in Biblical times, and that Paul thought very highly of her.

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