MOTHER SETON by Charles I. White

MOTHER SETON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a new and revised edition of a previous book by Father White. The very name ""Mother Seton"" must have made a strong impress upon thousands of Americans, Catholic and Protestant alike, for ""Seton Academy"" (or Seton College) is carved over the doorway of innumerable institutions in the Catholic educational system. Mother Seton first wished to set up a school where she could properly supervise the education of her own children as well as others. But as she grew in the strength and passion of her piety, she communicated widely her own zeal for saving the souls of the poor and needy around her. Out of this missionary zeal there was brought into being the religious community, the Sisters of Charity. It is a moving tale, this story of the gently born Episcopal trained Elizabeth Bayley. The fierce and jealous battle between the established Protestants and the scarcely tolerated Catholics marked every step of the years leading up to her conversion and final reception in 1805 into the old St. Peter's on Barclay Street in New York City. The book is written in pious phrasing, but it states clearly the record of a strong, brave and intelligent woman to whom her particular religious concept was overwhelmingly important. This book should find enthusiastic readers, especially among Catholics who will see in Mother Seton's piety and devotion many parallels to the saints she so adored.

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday