Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity Author:Alma Power-Waters When Elizabeth Bayley married William Seton shortly after the Revolutionary War, their ideal marriage was expected to be a long and carefree one. And none of the guests at the fashionable wedding in the Protestant Episcopal Church could have foreseen that this gay young Betty Bayley would one day be the black-capped foundress of the Sisters of C... more »harity in the United States.
Five children were born to the Setons before the presperous firm failed and William died tragically in Italy. The bewildered young widow found her only consolation in the Catholic faith. She returned to New York, torn between love o f the Church and love of her children, for she knew that if she became a Catholic, most of her friends and family would have nothing to do with her.
This is the story of Elizabeth's courageous choice, of the schools established and the hardships suffered, of the women who joined her to form the little community. Mother Seton is credited with the founding of the American parochial school system.« less