Birgitta of Sweden

Portrait of Birgitta of Sweden from the Salem church in Södermanland, Sweden
By Hermann Rode (late 15th century) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Known as a visionary queen, Birgitta of Sweden died in 1373, leaving the religious orders seeking a new female visionary to find divine knowledge from. Her confessor Alfonso da Vadaterra made contact with Catherine after Birgitta’s death which helped give Catherine legitimacy as the next religious woman.