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Abstract

The similarities in the lives, spirituality, and mission of Elizabeth Seton and Louise de Marillac are examined. Both lost their mothers early in life, and both were wives, mothers, and widows. They had nursed terminally ill husbands and were single parents before they founded their communities. These life experiences had a significant impact on their service. Similar experiences led to their personal conversion. Elizabeth’s knowledge of Louise and the influence of the Rules and vows of the Daughters of Charity on the Sisters of Charity are described. The mission of both communities and the virtues that the foundresses instilled in their followers are discussed.

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