Saint Birgitta of Sweden

St. Birgitta of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373) was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettine Order after the death of her husband of twenty years. She was also the mother of Saint Catherine of Vadstena. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Saint Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).

Image: Birgitta of Sweden represented on an altarpiece in Salem church, Södermanland, Sweden, Hermann Rode (late 15th century)