Anne Catherine Emmerich Born of poor parents in northern Germany, Anne Emmerich joined a convent at the age of , after years of working as a seamstress and servant As a nun of the Order of St Augustine, she eventually was confined to her bed due to failing health She spontaneously displayed the stigmata the wounds of Jesus on her hands and side , and was subject to extended visions of the life of Jesus Her visions were recorded by the poet Klemens Maria Brentano, and published after her death in three books The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Life of The Blessed Virgin Mary, and The Life of Our Lord She has been pronounced Venerable by the Catholic church, an advanced step on the path to sainthood