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Hello, Saint Wiki I, welcome to Wikisource! Thanks for your interest in the project; we hope you'll enjoy the community and your work here. If you need help, see our help pages (especially Adding texts and Wikisource's style guide). You can discuss or ask questions from the community in general at the Scriptorium. The Community Portal lists tasks you can help with if you wish. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page.

John Vandenberg 20:38, 20 October 2007 (UTC)


no more[edit]

Today I noticed that oce.catholic.com was mentioned on w:Catholic Encyclopedia, and that it contained page scans. As a result, I will no longer need to call for your help in verifying changes and content. :-)

See Talk:Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)#analysis of oce.catholic.com

John Vandenberg (chat) 06:02, 3 May 2008 (UTC)


OK, great. It was my pleasure helping out. Please do not hesitate to call upon again in the future, should you need any assistance.--Saint Wiki I 16:27, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

We did upload all the volumes[edit]

To let you know that we did upload all the volumes for this work so that they can be through our proofreading as per Help:Proofreading (and Help:DjVu files). You can find these via this link. Charles Matthews (talkcontribs) has been doing some work with these articles too and looking to transfer them into the Page: namespace. It would also be be where we would be looking to have future work created. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:15, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

The project page at Wikisource:WikiProject Catholic Encyclopedia Upgrade and its discussion page may be of interest. Charles Matthews (talk) 16:10, 22 December 2010 (UTC)


St. Catherine of Sweden[edit]

The following article from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 appears to be missing from the online version included on this site. The following is a transcription from the hardcopy text:


Catherine of Sweden, Saint, the fourth child of St. Bridget (q. v.) and her husband, Ulf Gudmarsson, b. 1331 or 1332; d. 24 March, 1381. At the time of her death St. Catherine was head of the convent of Wadstena, founded by her mother; hence the name, Catherine Vastanensis, by which she is occasionally called. At the age of seven she was sent to the abbess of the convent of Riseberg to be educated and soon showed, like her mother, a desire for a life of self-mortification and devotion to spiritual things. At the command of her father, when about thirteen or fourteen years old, she married a noble of German descent, Eggart von Kürnen. She at once persuaded her husband, who was a very religious man, to join her in a vow of chastity. Both lived in a state of virginity and devoted themselves to the exercise of Christian perfection and active charity. In spite of her deep love for her husband, Catherine accompanied her mother to Rome, where St. Bridget went in 1349. Soon after her arrival in that city Catherine received news of the death of her husband in Sweden. She now lived constantly with her mother, took an active part in St. Bridget's fruitful labours, and zealously imitated her mother's ascetic life. Although the distinguished and beautiful young widow was surrounded by suitors, she steadily refused all offers of marriage. In 1372 St. Catherine and her brother, Birger, accompanied their mother on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; after their return to Rome St. Catherine was with her mother in the latter's last illness and death.

In 1374, in obedience to St. Bridget's wish, Catherine brought back her mother's body to Sweden for burial at Wadstena, of which foundation she now became the head. It was the mother-house of the Brigittine Order, also called the Order of St. Saviour. Catherine managed the convent with great skill and made the life there one in harmony with the principles laid down by its founder. The following year she went again to Rome in order to promote the canonization of St. Bridget, and to obtain a new papal confirmation of the order. She secured another confirmation both from Gregory XI (1377) and from Urban VI (1379), but was unable to gain at the time the canonization of her mother, as the confusion caused by the Schism delayed the process. When this sorrowful division appeared she showed herself, like St. Catherine of Siena, a steadfast adherent of the party of the Roman Pope, Urban VI, in whose favour she testified before a judicial commission. Catherine stayed five years in Italy and then returned home, bearing a special letter of commendation from the pope. Not long after her arrival in Sweden she was taken ill and died. In 1484 Innocent VIII gave permission for her veneration as a saint and her feast was assigned to 22 March in the Roman martyrology. Catherine wrote a devotional work entitled "Consolation of the Soul" (Sielinna Troëst), largely composed of citations from the Scriptures and from early religious books; no copy is known to exist. Generally she is represented with a hind at her side, which is said to have come to her aid when unchaste youths sought to ensnare her.

Vita S. Catharinæ Sueccicæ, auct. Ulphone monachio [d. 1433] in cænobia Wadstenensi; in SURIUS, De probatis Sanctor. historiis (Cologne, 1571), II, 346 sqq.; in Acta SS., March, III, 503 sqq., with introduction: in KLEMING (Stockholm, 1869), with photo-lithograph and introduction; Miracula a commissariis episcopalibus excepta, in Acta SS., loc. cit., 519 sqq.; Translatio Katerinæ anno 1489 auct. Nic Ravaldi (in Swedish), in FANT, Script. ret. Sueccicarum (1871), III, ʃII, 268 sqq.; SCHRÖDER, Translatio S. Catharinæ 1489 Wadstensis celebrata (Upsala, 1832-33), III parts; KARSMAN, De hell. Katrina von Zweden (Antwerp, 1843).

J.P. KIRSCH.