Saint Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden was a mystic and saint, and founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years. Bridget and her husband served the Swedish court, Bridget as the queen's personal maid. She had 8 children, one of which is St. Catherine of Sweden. After the death of her husband, she lived the strict life of a penitent. Bridget received visions of Christ’s suffering many times throughout her life, and her visions are recorded. In 1350, a year of jubilee, St. Bridget made a pilgrimage to Rome and lived there the rest of her life. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe. Her feast day is July 23rd.