The annual meetings with their cultural exchange and the social encounter are an important part of the SBE.

I am so sad that we could not meet in the time of the Covid-Pandemie



History of the Societas Birgitta-Europe (SBE)


Scientific Meeting in Altomünster "The Birgitta Order in the Early Modern Period", this was the Event when the idea was born to found the Birgitta association.


Foundation Symposium in Altomünster


Foundation of the "Societas Birgitta-Europa" in Vadstena
Pastor Wolf Bachbauer was elected as President.


Annual meeting in Altomünster, with the participation of high ecclesiastical dignitaries, Panel discussion, Jens Søndergard was elected as president, cultural program.


Annual Meeting in Mariager, visiting “Fyrkat” a viking fortress, Overgaard estate, Mariager museum and the salt center, touring with nostalgic railway and with historic sailboat, guided visit at Bigitta Church and the former monastery, medieval knight tournament, midnight concert in the  church.


Jubilee 700 years Saint Birgitta of Sweden with historical festivals in Vadstena and Altomünster, with the participation of the Swedish Royal House and a visit of the Swedish Ambassador in Altomünster.


Annual Meeting in Vadstena, reception on Wasa Castle, bus tour in the Vadstena Area and to Linköping with City tour and visiting Länsmuseum, Concert with Chorus “Ex Animo” in the Blue Church, boat tour on Vättern lake, trip to Ruin Alvastra, Omberg and Closter Holy Heart.


Annual Meeting in Naantali/Finnland, visiting Vaihela Farm in Velkua, the wooden Church of Palva and the Birgitta nuns in Turku, by boat through the archipelago, guided tour to the President's Summer Residence Kultaranta, Concert in Naantali Church, Panel discussion: "Birgitta the Pioneer of Ecumenicalism".


Annual meeting in Bremen failed. The obligatory members meeting took place in Maribo.


Annual Meeting in Rosmalen. Reception in the town hall.


Annual meeting in Maihingen (400 years of Minorites),   sightseeing in village of Maihingen, bus tour through  the   "Ries", visiting the "Bauernmuseum", the province town Nördlingen with the “Rieskrater Museum” and the church saint George, the   monastery complex in Maihingen with the monastery church and its famous organ, organ concert, theater performance “Die Heilige Birgitta von Schweden” written by Franz Zekl.


Annual meeting in Altomünster, Europe forum with representatives of the EU, Bavarian Evening, lectures, guided tours of the church and monastery, summer festival in the monastery garden, organ concert, and excursion to Oberammergau.


Annual Meeting in Vadstena, Work meeting with the topics: 1. Completion of the work for the Birgitta Atlas (translation, graphics, print and financing) 2. Jubilee 300 years of the monastery of Uden 3. Formation of the board so that they can deal effective especially the points 1 and 2.


Annual Meeting in Marienbaum/Xanten, Reception in a rustically historic cellar vault and "Nachtwächterführung" in Xanten, visit of the place of pilgrimage Marienbaum with church and museum, visit of the towns of Kleve, Kalkar and Kevelaer (places of pilgrimage), "Niederrheinischer Abend", Archeological Park Xanten (Roman Museum), visit “Stifts Museum  Xanten”.


Annual Meeting in Rom and Assisi, City sightseeing in Rome, Birgitta House at Piazza Farnese,  Pope audience, guided tour in Assisi and separate foot walks in Assisi to any of the Franciscan memories, visit Montefalco and Tuoro/Trasimeno lake, Wine tasting.



Annual Meeting in Vadstena. Necessary work meeting with the topics: 1. completion of the work for the Birgitta Atlas (translations, graphics, printing and financing) 2. Jubilee 300 years of the monastery of Uden 3. Formation of a board which can deal especially with points 1 and 2.


SBE annual meeting in Uden, Jubilee 300 years Birgitta Monastery Maria Refugie in Uden, Museum of Religious Art, Procession (parade) and Ceremony in the Monastery Church and Festival, Jubilee Exhibition, Presentation Birgitta Atlas, "Open Monastery", Gunnar Jivegård was elected as president.


Annual meeting in Altomünster, Workshop "Future of SBE", Excursion to St. Ottilien (monastery, Eco publishing company and Economy) and the “Ammersee”, Swedish and Bavarian evenings, street dedication "Vadstena Straße", organ concert.


Annual meeting in Bavaria, in Altomünster (host, fixed location), sightseeing tour in the region (Petersberg, Geiselwies, Maria Birnbaum), Bavarian evening, lectures and workshops, Marc van den Brand was elected as president, SBE visits Maihingen (bus tour to Maihingen, solemn high mass with choral and brass orchestra, trip to Nördlingen), SBE visits Gnadenberg (bus tour to Gnadenberg, Sunday Service, visit of the new "Klosterstadl" – forum and exhibition).


Annual Meeting in Maribo, Jubilee 600 years Bigitta Monastery, boat trip on Maribo lake, Jubilee-Service with Queen Margrethe II., opening Pilgrims House, guided city tour, country side dinners in Landsbyen" and “Lysemose“, archaeological lectures, visit ”Middelalder Centret" in Nykøbing/Falster, medieval show, medieval buffet, bus trip to Engestofte a agricultural domain, church with “Birgitta Altar" and memorial Monica Wichfeld.


Annual meeting in Vadstena, well organized, with many highlights, pilgrimage from Granby to Vadstena, reception at the reliquary in the monastery church, guided tour in the monastery church, monastery environment and monastery museum, concert with ex Animo in the church of the sisters, excursion with guide to Ulvåsa, monastery Vreta, Linköping and Alvastra, silent evening in the chapter house of the old monastery with song and bar, city tour, ecumenical service in the monastery church, atmospheric dinner in the monastery hotel (former chapter room) and dining hall of the Folkhögskola and a cozy social evening with fun singleton in the lounge of the Birgittenklosters, General Meeting


General Meeting in Uden with small hull programm, Visit Hertogenbosch, guided tour of the cathedral St. Jan, Bach Cantata in the big church in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, bite to eat in the Bishop's palace, Meeting SBE, Holy Mass in the Birgitta Chapel, guided tour through our beautiful new Museum Krona and its herb garden

Kulturspiegel Altoland
In this brochure You find the activities of the first decade.
KSpSBE.pdf [19.4 MB]