Having until recently lived more than four years in Gothenburg, Sweden's second city and major port, I was interested in Tim Matthews' recent article on Swedish medieval churches and in Doris Simpson's letter in your issue of January 4. Having visited Vadstena several times I think it is relevant to mention that the new church and convent, referred to by Doris Simpson, were dedicated on July 23, 1973, this being the 600th anniversary of the death of St. Bridget, the only Scandinavian to have been canonised and the founder of the only religious order of Scandinavian origin.
The event was therefore an important one for all Swedes, and it was commemorated not only at Vadstena but also at a solemn ceremony in Stockholm which was attended inter alio by King Carl XVI Gustaf, Sweden's new monarch, and his sister, Princess Christina.
Like Sister Patricia and her fellow Sisters at Vadstena, Abbot Oswald Eaves and his Catholic Centre at Karlstad arc a growing influence in creating a better understanding for the Catholic Church and encouraging ecumenical links between Catholics and Lutherans. No one visiting the Catholic Centre in Karlstad can fail to be impressed by the labours of Abbot Eaves and his Dominican Sisters.
An account of what is being achieved by British Catholic priests in Sweden would be incomplete without a reference to the English province of the Passionist Fathers. who for the past 20 years or more have been operating in Smalgnd, that delightful central part of