Franciscan Saints  

8th October

St. Bridget of Sweden,

Religious, Founder, Patroness of Sweden, Mother of St. Catherine, Co-Patroness of Europe

Widow, Third Order

 Feast day July 23 ,  Pope John Paul II declares St. Bridge Co-Patroness of Europe

 St. Bridget (sometimes called Birgitta) was born about the year 1303 (by tradition on June 14th) in Upland, the chief province of Sweden, where her father, Birger, was governor. Her mother, Lady Ingeborg of Finsta, was a daughter of the governor of East Gothland. When only seven Bridget had a vision in which our Lady placed a crown on her head, and when ten, after a sermon on the Passion, she saw in a dream Christ wounded and bleeding. These two experiences seem to have been the formative ones of her life. (read on)


"True wisdom, then, consists in works, not in great talents, which the world admires; for the wise in the world's estimation . . . are the foolish who set at naught the will of God, and know not how to control their passions." --Saint Bridget of Sweden.


The 15 Prayers Jesus gave to St. Bridget of Sweden in the church of St. Paul in Rome - approved by Pope Pius IX

Prayer of the church

O Lord, Our God, who through Thine only begotten son didst

reveal heavenly secrets to Blessed Bridget, grant that, through

her loving intercession, we Thy servants may rejoice and be happy

in the revelation of Thine eternal glory.

Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth ´┐Żand reigneth

with Thee
 and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen


Main Article abstract, Courtesy of Catholic Information Network (CIN),Sponsored by St. Gabriel Gift & Book Nook, 07/22/2000 , Accessed 27 August 2013

Quote: Catholic News Agency, St. Bridget Of Sweden Tuesday, July 23, 2013,, Accessed 27 August 2013,<web:>

Prayer of the Church : Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

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