Santa Caterina LoDico
Located just 2 km. north from
Petralia Soprana, Sicily on SS120 is the small frazione of Santa
Santa Caterina d' Alessandro [Saint Catherine of Alexander] is the patron saint of the region.
It is believed that after
the Garibaldi liberation and reform of Sicily in 1865,
the church estates of Santa Caterina were purchased by Giuseppe Calogero LoDico [b.1810 d. 2/19/1890].
His youngest son: Giuseppe LoDico was born 12/13/1868 in Santa Caterina LoDico.
On August 27, 1964 Pietro LoDico
and his wife Calogera Cerami constructed the church known as
Chiesa Maria SS. Addolorata in Santa Caterina LoDico.
Once a year, in late August, a Mass is given in the church to commemorate its construction.
Today, my 6th and 7th LoDico
cousins reside in Santa Caterina LoDico. They cultivate the land,
raise cattle, harvest fruit and nut orchards, as well as vegetable gardens.
From Petralia Soprana, Highway
SS120 winds its way north and east past Santa Caterina LoDico,
on its way to Gangi. The road encompasses a 12 km loop around this land and these photographs
show these different views of the homes within the 'frazione' of S. Caterina LoDico
Located on SS120 at the intersection
half way to Gangi, is a modern cheese factory in Santa Caterina LoDico.
Parrivecchio makes some of the best ricotta cheese in the Madonie region.
This cheese is known as: caciocavallo
The literal translation is: cheese horse
A view of Santa Caterina LoDico
with Petralia Soprana in the background.
In 2009 the church underwent a restoration
and on September 15, 2011 a Festival & Mass was held here
September 15, 2011
Mass held in Chiesa Maria SS. Addolorata, Santa Caterina LoDico
My cousin Giuseppe LoDico and his wife Maria Grazia
Petralia Soprana Town Band
in Santa Caterina LoDico