Colette de CORBIE (1381-1447)

She was born to elderly parents in Corbie (near Amiens) who died when she was an adolescent. She joined the beguineds of her hometown but eventually yearned for a stricter observance of ascetic practices. She choose the Poor Clare and become a recluse. Visions, however, kept pressing her to take on the reform of the Franciscans. And shi did: she reformed seven communities of Franciscan men and established (or reformed) seventeen women’s communities.

Colette lived a quietly austere life even in the mids of her extensive reform work and allegedly continued to have visions, experienced lievitation in prayer, prophesied, and had the ability to read others’ conscience. (Source: Laura Swam, The winsdom of beguines, p.33)