Birgitta was born in 1303 and grew up on the farm Finsta. In the area there is an elevation in the terrain, with large, old trees and mighty boulders. Tradition has it that here, in a cave-like place, young Bridget had a place of prayer. Today we can visit this place and Skederid, a church that was built towards the end of the 13th century on the initiative of Birgitta's father.
Bridget's father, Birger Persson, belonged to the distinguished and closed nobility of Lawspeakers in Sweden. He was a lawspeaker in Uppsala, which was widely recognized as the most important court in the country.
Birger and Ingeborg had seven children. It was a rich family and well known. Birgitta (Bridget) had a good upbringing: she could read, write, and do homework. She was good at gardening, because the family had many farms.
Birgitta later married Ulf Gudmarsson. She was then 13 years old. Birgitta was a faithful wife and mother. They had 8 children: Märta, Karl, Birger, Katarina, Bengt, Gudmar, Ingeborg and Cecilia.
Birgitta works on behalf of the royal couple in Sweden, for the poor and those who need help in society.
Birgitta was a pilgrim. She went with Ulf to Trondheim in 1339 to honor Saint Olav, and later to Spain to Saint James of Campostela.
From 1349-1373 Birgitta lived in Italy, mainly in Rome.
What was important to her were the revelations she had received during her time in Alvastra, and as the scriptures tell us in Prosessvita:
Our Lord Jesus Christ once spoke to Bridget and said: Go to Rome! There the streets are sprinkled with gold, and they are colored red by the blood of the saints. There is a shortcut to heaven, for the indulgence which the Holy Popes have won by their prayers. You will stay in Rome until you see the pope and emperor together there. And you shall preach my word to them!
Bridget lived in a house she got from Francesca Papazurri. Now it is Mother's House on Piazza Farnese in Rome.
Welcome to The Bridgettine Convent!
The Bridgettine Convent is open for visitors to stay in the guest house.