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The brothers would be more than happy to talk to you. They have a list and would love to share it with you.
There are three Brigittine nun observances: primitive; recollection; Hesselbladian.
It's been a while since I've worked with this information, so the last two named may be the same. I know there are two cloistered observances, and Syon Abbey in England had the longest-running monastery of the primitive observance.
There are nuns of both observances in Mexico.
Hesselbladian Brigittines are big into ecumenical retreats because the foundress came from a Lutheran family. I can relate to her, as I have a Baptist background.
Vikingsborg, CT, has the only house of Brigittines in the US and they are Hesselbladian.
The Hesselbladian motherhouse is in the saint's actual house in Rome.
I was going to mention the convent in Connecticut, but you beat me to it! ;)
Blessed Elizabeth Hesselblad is quite an interesting woman. She even spent some years in NYC when she was a young woman, working as a nurse in Roosevelt Hospital. So you might think of her as being 'half-American'!
And the Brigittines do have an unusual habit, particularly the 'crown' which they wear over their veil!
I remember seeing a group of the nuns outside St. Peter's Basilica the last time I was in Italy in 1983. A seminarian I knew at the time was ordained to the priesthood by Blessed John Paul II.