Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Saint of the Day – 24 March – Saint Catherine of Sweden

The Memorial of Saint Catherine of Sweden

Saint Catherine of Sweden is the Patron Saint of • Against abortions
• Against miscarriages

Saint Catherine of Sweden Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNuns/Sisters who became Saints

Saint Catherine of Sweden brief life History

Date of Birth 1331 or 1332 AD
Country of Birth Sweden in Europe
Profession Nun
Place of Work Rome and Sweden
Date of Death 24 March 1381
Place of Death Sweden
Feast Day 24 March
Beatification By Not Available
Canonization By Pope Innocent VIII in 1484 (cultus confirmed)
Patron Saint of • Against abortions
• Against miscarriages

Saint Catherine of Sweden Short life History

Saint Catherine of Sweden is also known as
• Catherine Vastanensis
• Catherine of Vadstena
• Katarina

• She was the fourth of the eight children of Saint Bridget of Sweden and Ulf Gudmarsson.
• Educated at the convent of Riseberg.
• Married by arrangement at age 13 to the pious German noble Eggart von Kürnen.
• Soon after their marriage, both she and her husband took vows of chastity and continence.
• Traveled to Rome, Italy in 1350 AD to be with her mother.
• Widowed soon after.
• For the next 25 years the two women used Rome as a base for a series of pilgrimages, including one to Jerusalem. When home, they spent their days in prayer and meditation, working with the poor, and teaching them religion.
• They each had to fend off the unwanted advances of local men, including young lords; during one of these, a wild hind came to Catherine’s defense, chasing off the troublesome, would-be suitor.

• When Bridget died, Catherine took her body back to Sweden, burying it at the convent of the Order of the Holy Savior (Brigittines) at Vadstena.
• Catherine became superior of the Order, and served as abbess.
• Wrote a devotional work entitled Sielinna Troëst (Consolation of the Soul), but no copies have survived.
• Attained papal approval of the Brigittine Order in 1375. Worked for the canonization of her mother.

Saint Catherine of Sweden

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