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