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The Soul of Elizabeth Seton - A Spiritual Portrait

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Joseph I. Dirvin, C.M.

 

Elizabeth Seton is an important saint for our times: she was a convert, an American, a wife and mother as well as a widow, the foundress of an order (the Sisters of Charity) and an administrator. Fr. Dirvin, an authority on Saint Elizabeth Seton, takes writings, correspondence, and recollections of Seton to reveal her deep life of faith and prayer. A moving biography and an inspiring record of Elizabeth Seton's interior journey that gives us a profound spiritual portrait of a multifaceted saint.

"This contemplation of a great Christian soul is the result of thirty years of research, study, meditation, writing and lecturing. We shall never know the glorious reaches of her perfection in God, but we can guess at them, at least, through her own unwitting revelations of heroic virtue. It is to authenticate these revelations that I have allowed her to disclose them in her own words, certified by footnotes and citations."
- Fr. Joseph Dirvin

"As an introduction or as a sequel to reading about Saint Elizabeth Seton, Fr. Joseph Dirvin's book is a splendid way to get to know better this wonderful model for all women of how to mingle prayer and activity. Her warm, intimate, courageous spirituality will also inspire male readers trying to discover how to be saints in the midst of problems of society and church. Fr. Dirvin's own insights help us see the perennial relevance of Saint Elizabeth's wisdom for our own times."
- Ronda Chervin, Author, Woman to Woman

"This life of Mother Seton is easy and inspiring reading, as well as a scholarly work of art. It should be read by everyone who wants to grow in holiness."
- Fr. John Hardon, S.J. Author, The Catholic Catechism

"A gracious lady sanctified by a higher grace is well served by this elegant and reverent study. Holiness in ordinary duties is the most heroic of adventures, and these pages show how Mother Seton lived it."
- Fr. George Rutler, Author, The Cure D'Ars Today

 

 

 


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0-89870-269-0
9780898702699
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm)
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/04
Tridentine Calendar - 01/04


Patron Of: Death Of Children, Death Of Parents, Widows, people ridiculed for their piety, Apostleship of the Sea, In-law Problems, Opposition of Church Authorities, Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana

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Born into a wealthy and influential Episcopalian family, the daughter of a Dr Richard Bayley, Elizabeth was raised in the New York high society of the late 18th century. Her mother died when Elizabeth was three years old, her baby sister a year later. She married the wealthy businessman William Magee Seton in 1794 at age 19, and was the mother of five.

About ten years into the marriage, William's business failed, and soon after he died of tuberculosis, leaving Elizabeth an impoverished widow with five small children. For years Elizabeth had felt drawn to Catholicism, believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist and in the lineage of the Church going back to Christ and the Apostles. She converted to Catholicism, entering the Church on 14 March 1805, alienating many of her strict Episcopalian family in the process.

To support her family, and insure the proper education of her children, she opened a school in Boston. Though a private and secular institution, from the beginning she ran it along the lines of a religious community. At the invitation of the archbishop, she established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, Maryland which initiated the parochial school system in America. To run the system she founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809, the first native American religious community for women.

Died
4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes



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