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American Saint:The Life of Elizabeth Seton

Joan Barthel

West siders and alumnae of Seton High School may be especially interested in this new biography of Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), the first native-born American saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born into a prominent New York City family during a time when Catholicism was illegal, she danced at George Washington’s 65th Birthday Ball in monogrammed slippers. But at the age of 30, after her husband died of tuberculosis in Italy, she converted to Catholicism and later founded the Sisters of Charity, the first order of American nuns. Maya Angelou has contributed the foreword to Barthel’s story of this strong-willed woman.