BRIDGET (Saint) Widow (July 23) (14th century) Saint Bridget (Birgitta) born of a noble Swedish family (A.D. 1304) and married to a man of princely rank, after her husband’s death, founded the monastery of Wadstena on the shore of Lake Wetten, thus instituting the Order of the Most Holy Saviour, commonly known as Bridgetines. For its regulation she drew up wise statutes which were confirmed by Pope Urban Virgin Saint Bridget was favoured by Almighty God with marvellous visions and revelations, of which the record left by her to us is most useful to contemplative souls. She died in Rome on her return from Jerusalem (23 July 1373), and was canonised twenty years later. Her Feast is kept by the Church on October 8, anniversary of the Translation of her relics to Sweden. In art she is represented clothed in the Religious Habit of her Order with a pilgrim’s staff — holding a heart marked with a cross — with Our Saviour near her.