News and Notes


Regina Bechtle, S.C., co-editor, Seton Writings Project, writes: As reported in the Spring 2015 issue, a chronological list of documents written to and about Elizabeth Bayley Seton, first American-born saint, as well as selected documents of her friends, advisers, and the Bayley and Seton families, is currently being compiled. This second phase of the Sisters of Charity Federation’s Seton Writings Project includes documents of prominent early American church figures such as John Carroll, John Cheverus, William Dubourg, John Tessier, John Dubois, Simon Gabriel Bruté, Louis Sibourd, and Anthony Kohlmann, as well as documents that shed light on the beginnings of the first active apostolic religious community for women founded (1809) in the United States, the Sisters of Charity.

Now available at are lists of over 450 documents from 1767 to 1809, sample letters, and a comprehensive introduction to the ongoing research project. Completed and soon to be posted are lists of documents from 1810 through 1816, with almost 400 additional entries

DePaul University Libraries, Chicago, IL, provides this service through the digital Vincentian Heritage Collections of its Via Sapientiae institutional repository.


Elizabeth Lehfeldt has launched a new discussion website at to talk about the history of women religious across time and space. The starting point is the new apostolic constitution on contemplative sisters, but the site as it grows is intended for discussion of the history of women in general.