Bridget was born to high society in 1303 and was married at the age of 13. She and her husband led sound Christian lives and had eight children. They lived devout lives. Bridget's husband died in 1344, after which she increased her time in prayer and work for the poor and formed a religious community, the Bridgetinnes.
She traveled to Rome for the Holy Year in 1350 and lived the rest of her life in poverty in the city. Bridget tried to bring peace to the warring factions of Europe and to get the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon.
Bridget left many mystical writings which are deep and profound. They show an intimate union with God and reveal something of the feminine in God.
Bridget is Patron of Europe (with St Benedict) as well as Sweden, widows.