Bridget of Sweden

Bridget of Sweden (c. 1303 – 23 July 1373); born as Birgitta Birgersdotter, also Birgitta of Vadstena, or Saint Birgitta (Swedish: heliga Birgitta), was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years. Outside Sweden, she was also known as the Princess of Nericia[2] and was the mother of Catherine of Vadstena. (Though normally named as Bridget of Sweden, she was not a member of Swedish royalty.)

Saint Bridget of Sweden
Altarpiece in Salem church, Södermanland, Sweden (restored digitally)
Widow
Bornc. 1303
Uppland, Sweden
Died23 July 1373 (aged 6970)
Rome, Papal States
Venerated inCatholic Church
Anglican Communion
Lutheranism[1]
Canonized7 October 1391 by Pope Boniface IX
Major shrineVadstena Abbey
Feast23 July
8 October (General Roman Calendar of 1960)
7 October (Sweden)
AttributesPilgrim's hat, staff & bag; crown, writing-book.
PatronageEurope, Sweden, Widows

She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.