Bridget of Sweden (1303 – 23 July 1373; also Birgitta of Vadstena, was a mystic and a saint. After the death of her husband of twenty years she founded of two orders; the Bridgettines nuns and the monks of the same name. She was also the mother of Catherine of Vadstena who was canonised as well. Bridget was canonised on 7 October 1391 by Pope Boniface IX.
Her claim to fame was due largely to her mystical visions especially her vision of the Nativity of Christ which greatly influenced the artistic representations of the nativity scene.
St Bridget is one six patron saints of Europe.