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Abstract

The life of Elizabeth Seton’s daughter Catherine is recounted. Catherine studied and taught at Emmitsburg, nursed her mother through her final illness, and traveled throughout the eastern United States as well as Europe. She knew many important people, especially members of the American Catholic hierarchy. As the first New York Sister of Mercy with a career that spanned forty-five years, she was vital to that community’s American establishment. She engaged in a wide variety of important work, especially extensive ministry in the prisons of New York. Bishop John Hughes said of her, “If ever [a] daughter rivaled the sanctity of such a mother as hers, she is the one.”

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