Why Was Saint Brigid Made a Saint?

There are two women known as Saint Brigid, or Saint Bridget, in the Catholic tradition, including an Irish Saint Brigid and a Swedish Saint Bridget; one, Saint Brigid of Kildare, is considered a patron saint of Ireland and was canonized for her work with the poor and for miracles dealing with healing powers, milk and fire. Sweden's Saint Bridget's miracles relate to visions of holy events, such as the nativity and Jesus's crucifixion, and she is considered a patron saint of Sweden. Both women were practicing Catholics during their lifetimes and were canonized not only for their miracles but also for their religious devotion.

Ireland's St. Brigid lived during the first century BCE and was a protege of Saint Patrick. She was religiously devoted from a young age, and she is said to have had the ability to generate food, which helped her feed the poor people with whom she frequently worked. In some cases, the Irish St. Brigid may be referred to as St. Brigit.

The Swedish saint known as St. Bridget lived during the 14th century BCE. She performed many tasks related to her faith during her lifetime, including entering a chaste marriage and embarking on religious pilgrimages. She was canonized in the 1390s, just two decades after her death in the 1370s.