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Mary L. Brink S.C.


Mary Brink employs two definitions of “church.” One refers to the Catholic Church. The other definition is “the community of believers who believe in God revealed in Jesus and follow Jesus in helping to spread the reign of God.” A portrait of the American church to which Elizabeth Seton belonged is given and her relationship with it is explained. However, the article’s final emphasis is that the Sisters of Charity should use Elizabeth’s relationship with her Church in their own relationship with the modern Church. Elizabeth was deeply involved in the concerns of her day, as the Sisters must be in theirs. Besides advocating for justice and for the poor, they must work with the Church and to bring about its recognition of women as “full partners.”