Catherine O'Donnell will give a public talk exploring Elizabeth Ann Seton’s spiritual journey as it intersected with Catholic history in the early American republic. Seton converted to Catholicism as an adult. She established a school for girls in Emmitsburg, Maryland, founded the Sisters of Charity, and, in 1975, became the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized a saint.
O’Donnell is associate professor of history at Arizona State University. She is the author of Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship (UNC Press, 2008), and is currently completing a biography of Elizabeth Ann Seton.
This event, sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries and cosponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Preserving the Steadfastness of your Faith": Catholics in the Early American Republic, which runs through August 11 at Rare Books and Special Collections.