(Lijdwine, Lydwid) Virgin, born Schiedam, Holland, 1380; died there, 1433. From her early youth she showed remarkable devotion to the Blessed Virgin. When 15 years of age, she broke a rib while skating, the wound causing gangrene to set in and to spread over her whole body. Her fortitude and patience in the excruciating suffering which lagged for 38 years was rewarded by an extraordinary gift of prayer, and many miracles were wrought at her bedside. Her grave became a popular place of pilgrimage. Patroness of skaters. Represented, receiving a branch of roses and a flowering rod from an angel. Equipollent canonization, 1890. Relics at Schiedam. Feast, 14 April.
- “Saint Lidwina”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2013. Web. 6 May 2015. <>