Roman Catholic Mystic Saint and Politician. Also known as Saint Bridget and Birgitta of Vadstena, founder of the Bridgettine nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years, Ulf Gudmarsson. Outside of Sweden, she was also known as the (noblewoman) Princess of Nericia and was the mother of Catherine of Vadstena. The daughter of nobility and a relation of the royal family, she longed for a religious life as a young girl. While married she had four children. Bridget was known for helping unmarried women and their children and was also deeply involved in politics especially in conflicts between the Swedish royal family and the Holy See. She went on long trips to holy places and died in Rome. Canonized in 1391, her Feast Day is October 7. She was canonized by Pope Boniface IX i and made a patron Saint of Europe in 1999 by Pope John Paul II, and is celebrated as a Saint in both the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church. She was originally buried at San Lorenzo in Panisperna in Rome before being moved to Sweden where her remains are interred at Vadstena Abbey Church.
Bio by: Count Demitz
unknown–1344 (m. 1316)