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St. Bridget was the daughter of a royal Prince of Sweden named Birger and Ingeburdis, a descendant of Gothic Kings. She had a great love for the Passion of the Lord. Her father had her marry Ulfo, Prince of Nerieia in Sweden. They had 8 children. Catherine, the last born is now honored among the saints. The couple took a vow of chastity. After a pilgrimage to Compostela in Galicia, Ulfo, with his wife’s consent, entered a Cistercian monastery and died soon after. Bridget renounced her rank of princess and became a nun. She established the monastery of Wastein, and it became the motherhouse of a new Order, the Brigittines. After this she made a pilgrimage to Rome and Palestine. On her return to Rome she lived a year longer. During this time she endured a sickness but endured it with heroic patience and resignation. She died in 1373 with her son, Birger, and her daughter, Catherine at her side.
FEAST DAY: July 23
PATRON OF: Widows, Sweden