Judith Metz explores the importance of friendship in Elizabeth Seton’s life in general and specifically through four of her most intimate relationships. The ways in which Elizabeth nurtured her friendships are discussed. Julia Scott was a lifelong friend from Elizabeth’s youth. The two supported each other emotionally, and Julia gave Elizabeth significant financial assistance. There was much spiritual sharing between Elizabeth and Rebecca Seton, her sister-in-law, and they were devoted to prayer and service. Cecilia O’Conway helped Elizabeth establish the Sisters of Charity and became one of the first members of the community. They relied on each other during the community’s early struggles. Cecilia aided Elizabeth in becoming the leader she needed to be and helped her achieve greater holiness. Finally, Elizabeth and Simon Brute were spiritual directors to each other. Their mutual guidance is described.
Metz, Judith S.C.
"The Key Role of Friendship in the Life of Elizabeth Bayley Seton,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 29:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol29/iss1/2