Brigittins, Or Order Of Our Saviour, a branch of the Augustinians, founded about the year 1344 by St. Brigida of Sweden, and.approved by Urban V. in 1370. It owes its origin to the monastery built by Brigida at Wadstena, near Linkoping, in Sweden. It embraces both monks and nuns, who occupy contiguous buildings, and celebrate the divine office in the same church, but never see each other. The prioress is superior in temporal concerns, but spiritual matters are managed by the monks. All the houses of the order are subject to the bishop of the diocese, and no new one can be founded without express permission of the pope. The number of monks in each monastery was fixed by the rule at 25, that of nuns at 60; but this regulation was not always strictly enforced. Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, and several other countries had convents of this order, most of which, including the parent house at Wadstena, were destroyed at the reformation. The only house of the order in England was the rich institution known as Sion house, founded by Henry V. on the Thames, 10 m. from London. It was suppressed by Henry VIII., restored by Queen Mary, and again dissolved under Elizabeth. The monks of this order are now extinct, but a few convents for nuns existed in 1860 in Bavaria, Poland, Holland, and England.