St. Lydwina of Schiedam

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/14

Patron Of: Roller Skating, Skaters, Against Bodily Ills, Against Sickness, Ice Skating

Also known as

    * Lidwid of Schiedam
    * Lidwina of Schiedam
    * Lijdwine of Schiedam
    * Lydwid of Schiedam


    * 14 April


    Her father was a poor noble, and her mother a poor commoner. Lydwina early evinced a devotion of Our Lady of Schiedam. Injured in an ice-skating accident at age 16, the broken rib caused gangrene to set in, and Lydwina became paralyzed and suffered for decades. She spent her time praying, meditating, and offering her pain to God.

    She developed a devotion to the Eucharist. Given to ecstatic visions in which she was shown Heaven and Purgatory, participated in Christ’s Passion, and was visited by saints. Legend says that she had the gift of inedia, and that her only food for her last 19 years was the Eucharist. Miracles occurred at her bed side. Sometimes accused of being possessed, she was tested by priests. Blind her last seven years. Her final vision was of Christ administering last rites to her. Biography written by Thomas a Kempis.


    * 18 April 1380 at Schiedam, Netherlands


    * 14 April (Easter) 1433


    * 14 March 1890 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)


    * against sickness
    * against bodily ills
    * ice skating
    * prolonged suffering
    * roller skating
    * sick people
    * skaters
    * skating


    * cripple holding a crucifix
    * cripple receiving a branch of roses from an angel
    * cripple receiving a lily from the angel
    * cripple with a cross and rosary
    * girl falling on ice while skating
    * girl working on embroidery

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