Saint Catherine of Sweden was born to Saint Bridget in 1331. Married at age 14, Catherine and her husband vowed perpetual chastity to devote themselves completely to the Gospel. After her husband’s untimely death, Catherine lived a life of asceticism, although many suitors sought her hand in marriage.
After her mother’s death, Catherine became abbess of her mother’s convent, the motherhouse of the Bridgettine Order, where she ministered until her death in 1381. Saint Catherine’s patronage is invoked as protection against miscarriage and abortion, most likely due to the chastity of her life.