A light will sweep across Europe in 2003
The year 2003 marks the 700th anniversary of the birth of Saint Birgitta. She was well-known internationally even before her death, and her fame has not waned. She is the best-documented person from medieval times in our country. Her kindness and creativity, her ability to unite the spiritual and worldly and her desire for results emanate from all her writings and deeds. Her identification with both Sweden and Europe gives her new relevance today.
Birgitta - A Patroness of Europe
On 1 October 1999, Saint Birgitta was proclaimed a patroness of Europe by Pope John Paul II. She is one of six patrons of Europe. This will bring an increasing number of tourists and pilgrims to Vadstena and Sweden.
Thanks to the jubilee celebrations in Sweden, the recent expansion of the Birgittine order into Europe and Birgitta's international reputation, that many jubilee arrangements will involve several countries.
Birgitta's 700 Year Jubilee
Sweden and Vadstena will be at the centre of this 700 Year Jubilee. A range of activities, including books, exhibitions, films, musical performances and symposia will take place both in Sweden and abroad.
The Birgitta Jubilee in Sweden is aiming to raise the profile of Birgitta and her importance throughout history. Our ambition is to provide a rich and varied output including research, adult education and artistic creativity.
All are welcome
Interest in history is increasing all the time. Activities organised for the Birgitta Jubilee will serve as an introduction to Swedish and European history. Everyone from the general public to schools and researchers will find activities that are interesting and educational, from visits to Vadstena to media experiences.
Under the patronage of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf
The jubilee is under the patronage of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and an honorary committee currently consisting of:
Prime Minister Göran Persson
Minister for Culture Marita Ulvskog
Archbishop K G Hammar
Cardinal E I Cassidy of the Holy See
Catholic Bishop of Stockholm diocese Anders Arborelius
Archbishop of Finland Jukka Paarma
Bishop of Lolland-Falster Holger Jepsen
Professor Anders Jeffner
Ex-President of the Academy of Literature Professor Inge Jonsson
Director-General of the Swedish Heritage Board Erik Wegræus
Keeper of Public Records Erik Norberg
Royal Librarian Tomas Lidman.