New Catholic Dictionary – Anne Catherine Emmerich

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Augustinian nun, stigmatic and ecstatic, born Flamsche, near Coesfeld, Westphalia, 1774; died Dülmen, 1824. Her piety was manifested at an early age and aroused some antipathy among the sisters in her convent, which she was obliged to leave when it was closed by order of Jerome Bonaparte in 1812. In 1813 she became bedridden. The supernatural favors accorded her were investigated by an episcopal and a governmental commission (1819). When she was visited by the famous Klemens Brentano she recognized him as the man who was to enable her to fulfill God’s command of writing down her revelations. In 1833 appeared the first work he had written at her dictation, “The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.” “The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary” did not appear until 1852, and in 1881 was published “The Life of Our Lord,” which Brentano had left in manuscript.

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  • “Anne Catherine Emmerich”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 24 August 2013. Web. 23 August 2014. <>