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Abstract

Elizabeth Seton lost her mother at an early age and felt a deep need for a mother’s care and affection. She eventually found this in her relationship with Mary. When Elizabeth’s beloved husband died, she found solace in Catholicism, particularly because of its veneration of Mary. As a dedicated mother herself, the leader of a new religious community, and a teacher of children and young people, Elizabeth related to Mary’s motherhood. Elizabeth’s affinity for Mary increased because the priests who guided her also loved Mary. Elizabeth made Marian devotion an important aspect of her community’s life; Mary was the role model for the Sisters of Charity.

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