my mother was a saint
Catherine of Sweden
by Katie Hicks
Feast Day: March 22
Patron saint of miscarriages and anti-abortion
Canonized in 1484 by Pope Innocent VIII
Meaning of name: Pure
Claim to fame: Born in either 1331 or 1332,
Catherine was the daughter of St. Bridget of Sweden.
At age 14, Catherine married Eggart von Kurnen at
the request of her father. She later journeyed to
Rome with her mother, and, upon her husbandâ€™s death,
remained with St. Bridget, taking an active role in
her ministry. After St. Bridgetâ€™s death, Catherine
took over her motherâ€™s convent in Sweden, Wadstena,
and formed a community based on rules St. Bridget
wrote. She wrote Consolation of the Soul, but no
copies of the book remain in existence.
What made her a saint: A beautiful girl,
Catherine was constantly surrounded by suitors. She
resisted their proposals, however, wanting instead
to stay a virgin. It is said that when one Roman
noble pursued her, a wild hind chased him away.
Catherine spent 25 years in Rome, devoting her life
to meditation and service to the poor.
How she died: During the Schism, Catherine
went to Rome to promote her motherâ€™s canonization.
She ended up testifying before a judicial committee
in favor of Pope Urban VI. In return, he gave her a
letter of commendation for her Bridgettine order.
After five years in Rome, Catherine returned to
Sweden, where she died of illness on March 24, 1381.