I learned today that the last Beguine in the world died this past April.
Marcella Pattyn was a young girl in the 1940’s who wanted to enter the religious orders, but was repeatedly denied by communities because she was blind. That’s how she ended up with the Beguines. Read more of her story here.
And if you don’t know what I’m talking about with all this Beguine talk, check out my post, “When Girls Rule,” on The Grand Béguinage of Leuven.