Yesterday we remembered several important anniversaries. July 31 is the founding date for today’s Province of St. Louise (2011) as well as the former Province of St. Louis (1910). Most importantly, July 31, 1809 is the founding date for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, established by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Because of the connection with Mother Seton, it was especially wonderful that yesterday a relative of Kitty Mullan, one of the Mother Seton’s earliest companions, stopped by the Provincial Archives. We were able to give her some biographical information and tell her that her ancestor had begun her spiritual life on this very date and had once resided just across the campus. Mother Seton’s Stone House can be seen today from the offices of the Provincial Archives; yesterday was indeed a day to focus on the Stone House and what started there 205 years ago.
The Sisters who began the work in Emmitsburg along with Mother Seton included Cecilia O’Conway, Maria Murphy, Mary Ann Butler, Susan Clossy, Rose White, and Catherine (Kitty) Mullan.