Elizabeth Bayley Seton 1774 - 1821 Author:Annabelle M. Melville Rebel - Mother - Nun — She was a devout Episcopalian who abandoned her church for Catholicism and paid the ultimate price of apostasy. "I have suffered the loss of all things...that I may gain Christ". Elizabeth Seton watched her father, husband and several children die of tuberculosis. She fought a constant battle against melancholy, bitterness ... more »and disappointment. Yet her spirit remained unbowed. She inspired the love and devotion of men in and out of the church, and never let her religious calling interfere with those deep friendships.
A complex, fascinating and independent woman, Elizabeth Bayley Seton discovered her destiny as Mother Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity - educator, healer, visionary and leader who became the first native-born American Saint. Annabelle Melville has recreated the dramatic and authentic life of this extraordinary woman whose courage, charity and indomitable will helped to build a living memorial to her faith.« less